20 Quotes That Capture the Magic of Writing

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Seeking inspiration for your writing can be one of the most challenging aspects of creating new content, regardless of the type of writing that you are doing. Although there are many different tactics that writers use to create inspiration one of my favourite ones is to browse amongst the thoughts of others.

Here I have gathered 20 quotes that inspired me with my writing and hopefully will do the same for you.

Number 1 – Albus Dumbledore (the greatest magician from the Harry Potter series)

quote from Dumbledore

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Sometimes I believe we forget the magic that we can instill in others by what we capture and put into print.





Number 2

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas AdamsThe Salmon of Doubt

Number 3

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

Number 4 – Julia Cameron (famous poet, playwright and film maker)

The ability to use words to express how we feel and perceive things, is one of the greatest gifts that I think writers possess.






Number 5

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Number 6

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Number 7

inspirational writing quote

The ability to be totally immersed in writing is something that only writers really appreciate.

Number 8

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
― William Wordsworth

Number 9

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
― Neil Gaiman

Number 10

CS Lewis quote

Number 11

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
― Annie Proulx

Number 12

“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

Number 13

inspirational quote writing Hemmingway

Number 14

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
― Jack London

Number 15

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
― Anaïs Nin

Number 16

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
― John Steinbeck

Number 17

Inspirational writing quote


Number 18

“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Number 19

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Number 20

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
― Thomas Jefferson

These are my current top 20 quotes on writing but I would love to hear others that you may feel motivated or inspired by, so please feel free to add them in the comments below.

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