Encouraging The Heart, Mind, and Pen Through Author Advice

When things turn rough it is human nature to face those who inspire us. Who empower us. We put our trust and faith in them to help lead and guide to something better and brighter.

When the pages stop turning, the words end their dry trickle, we rely on the best of the best to help pull and tug the emotions out from us again. Our hearts and eyes glance toward the authors who created the books and stories we know all too well and who have formed the English language into the present beauty.

Here is a curated list of some of the best writing quotes spoken by our author role models.

Let the list begin!

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

– Jodi Picoult

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”

– Maya Angelou

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit our own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsession mercilessly.”

– Franz Kafka

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”

– R.L. Stine

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”

– Herman Melville

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

– Toni Morrison

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

– Robert Frost

“You can make anything by writing.”

– C.S. Lewis

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

– Stephen King

“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”

– Meg Cabot

“Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you’re working. Tell them it’s research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone.”

– Jennifer Weiner

“And by the way, everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

– Sylvia Plath

“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”

– Rainbow Rowell

“Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt, that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

– Virginia Woolf

“When I’m writing I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.”

– Anne Sexton

“Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common. They had something to say, and did.”

– Sarah Kay

“The first draft of everything is sh*t.”

-Ernest Hemingway

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

– William Wordsworth

“I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

– Anton Chekhov

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

– Anne Frank

Which quote struck a chord with you?

Which quote will you repeat to yourself most often while writing?

Respond in the comment section below!

Thank you for reading!

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