I picked these inspirational writing quotes for you, out of the thousands of writing quotes I've collected. Of course, what is inspirational is purely a subjective opinion, but I do hope they'll inspire you, encourage you and motivate you on this crazy, compelling, wonderful and arduous path of being a writer.
Do check out the main page of writing quotes, as there is much wisdom and humour and encouragement there too.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams
You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.
~ Les Brown
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
~ Richard Bach
Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
~ Calvin Coolidge
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
~ Isaac Asimov
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
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
~ Leonard Bernstein
If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~ Ray Bradbury
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
~ Richard Bach
Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
~ Meg Chittenden
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
~ Robert Cormier
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
~ T.S. Eliot
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
~ Charles Horton Cooley
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
~ Tom Clancy
Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
~ Michael Crichton
For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me.
~ Jack Dann
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
~ Joan Didion
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
~ E.L. Doctorow
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
~ J. P. Donleavy
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
~ Albert Einstein
No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer. One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with a certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.
~ Stanley Ellin
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.
~ Harlan Ellison
Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
~ George Elliot
If you wish to be a writer; write!
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
~ William Feather
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth... But amusing? Never.
~ Edna Ferber
You've got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald