It happens to all writers, inspiration suddenly leaves and the words stop flowing. Sometimes this is halfway through a project and other times it is before we have even started.
If writing were easy and it was simply a matter of following a few rules then perhaps everyone would be a writer. Unfortunately that is not the case or in the words of one author;
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” ― W. Somerset Maugham
In this article I have collected some of my favourite motivational quotes about writing that hopefully will help you in those moments when the words stop flowing.
Quotes Writing – Getting Started
Perhaps the hardest time to get writer’s block is before you’ve started. Staring at a blank screen or paper with nothing to inspire you or to re-read. It is also the most difficult time to begin writing.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King,
Sometimes it is all about taking the plunge and trusting the writing process.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L'Amour
The quote above by Louis L’Amour is one of a number that I use that basically say… just do it.
Whilst it is incredibly hard to come up with ideas during these periods of blankness, we do have an automatic process that links the hand to the brain and onto our creative thoughts, it kicks in once we pick up a pencil or start typing on a keyboard.
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.” ― Neil Gaiman
Or in the words of Jack London if inspiration won’t come to you…
“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London
Writing Process Quotes
Writers are not renown for sticking to the rules, the creative spirit needs to be able to thrive and have space. Therefore writing to deadlines is not really within their nature.
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams,
Getting absorbed in their writing is what writers do best, often to the extent that nothing else really matters.
“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” ― Neil Gaiman
Research & Editing Quotes
Writing is a complex process and one of the ways to get inspiration is to read other works and research the topic. As Stephen King wisely said.
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
He also said (again very wisely)
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” ― Stephen King
This probably ties into another quote in terms of writing freely and when the mood is right, that many writers will relate to and that is by Saul Bellow
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ― Saul Bellow
The last quote should not be taken as motivational, but instead it does prove that as writers we can laugh at ourselves (or others) at times.
“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.” ― Christopher Hitchens
Finally A Note for Writers
Hopefully these quotes have given you some food for creative thought.
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There are also more quotes to be found on the goodreads website
And just in case you had any doubt about whether writing is for you or not, remember these words from Cornelia Funke.
“So what? All writers are lunatics!” ― Cornelia Funke,