The 18 Best Quotes About Writing That Will Inspire You to Keep Going

Writing is tough.

Sometimes you need a little extra inspiration or motivation to help you keep going when you get writer’s block, get a rejection letter, or are just having a tough day.

So check out these awesome writing quotes to keep you inspired.

Inspiring Writing Quotes

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
― Ernest Hemingway

 

write one true sentence ernest hemingway

 

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

 

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath

 

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

Don't tell me the moon is shining - Anton Chekhov

 

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander

 

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it. Lloyd Alexander quote

 

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
―Ray Bradbury

 

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury quote

 

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

 

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. Madeleine L'Engle quote

 

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J. D. Salinger

 

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though. J.D. Salinger quote

 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

― Anais Nin

 

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. Anaïs Nin quote

 

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”

― Neil Gaiman

 

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 quote

 

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Ernest Hemingway quote

 

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

― Maya Angelou

 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

 

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

― W. Somerset Maugham

 

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. W. Somerset Maugham

 

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

― Stephen King

 

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Stephen King quote

 

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

― Jack Kerouac

 

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac

 

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

― Robert Frost

 

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. Robert Frost quote

“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

 

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 quote

 

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

― Douglas Adams

 

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams quote

 

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

― Stephen King

 

Fiction is the truth inside the lie. Stephen King quote