My Top 10 Inspirational, Witty, And Creative Writing Quotes

by Alicia Sparks on March 6, 2012

What would YOU put here?

This post’s title is a bit deceiving. I probably shouldn’t have labeled these as my “top” (or even “favorite, had I gone that far) writing quotes, as I’m a bit of a quote whore and love, well, so many.

However, I have at least managed to include only writing quotes.

(Let me tell you, it was tough.)

Nevertheless, these are 10 motivational quotes (in no particular order) that I often turn to when I need a professional or creative boost, my perspective’s a bit out of whack, or I just need to feel connected to someone else.

1. “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.” – Andre Gide

2. “The drudgery of being a professional writer comes in trying to make good days out of bad days and in squeezing out the words when they won’t just flow.” – Benjamin Cavell (Haven’t we all had days like this?)

3. “No one is asking, let alone demanding, that you write. The world is not waiting with bated breath for your article or book. Whether or not you get a single word on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the universe will expand. Writing is forever and always a choice – your choice.” – Beth Mende Conny (Pretty much applicable to everyone but J.K. Rowling.)

4. “Writing is a struggle against silence.” – Carlos Fuentes

5. “Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.” – Jessamyn West

6. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain

7. “What I like in a good author isn’t what he says, but what he whispers.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

8. “I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

10. “How vain is it to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau (Now, go do something.)

How about YOU? Do any of these quotes about writing resonate with you? Or, do you have a few of your own favorite writing quotes you’d like to share?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Glori S. March 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Great quotes! I especially like the last one. I’m so guilty of that! I dont know but maybe there’s something wrong with number 6? Lightening bug?
Anyway, I love your blog. I get so much inspiration from it!

Alicia Sparks March 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Yikes! Misspelling faux pas. Thanks for the catch Glori, & for stopping by! I hope it brings you more (& correctly spelled, haha) inspiration in the future 🙂

Glori S. March 7, 2012 at 1:11 am

Haha! No problem! And expect me to be a regular around here! 🙂

Tania Dakka March 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for sending this through Twitter again…I saw it on my phone earlier this week and SOOOO wanted to comment! I had a #2 day (pun intended) Tuesday! This perked me up a bit…thank you for the post:)

Virginia July 11, 2012 at 5:04 am

I want to share the best quote from my favorite writer Stephen King.

“Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.”

Vik November 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Love these quotes.

Chris March 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Let’s start with journalistic writing. Why? In my opinion, it’s easiest to add quotes to news or feature writing. You’ve interviewed a variety of sources (at least, I hope you have, otherwise you need a different article). Now all you have to do is pick the quotes that best tell your story. While that can seem daunting when you have a long interview, you’ll soon find it’s easy to separate the useful quotes from trash–the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

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