Inspirational Quotes for Writers

No matter where we are in our writing career, we all need encouragement. It's amazing how a simple gesture - a hand on your shoulder, a smile, or a few words can make all the difference.


Whether you are a successful, accomplished author or you're working on your very first book, let these inspirational quotes give you the encouragement we all need at one time or another:

"I dwell in possibility."
- Emily Dickenson

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." 
- George Eliot

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” 
- Agatha Christie

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” 
 - Stephen King

“Self-trust is the first secret of success."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I like good strong words that mean something."
- Louisa May Alcott

 "If you do not hear music in your words, you have put too much thought into your writing and not enough heart."
- Terry Brooks
“You have to protect your writing time. You have to protect it to the death."
- William Goldman

“Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world."
- Tom Clancy
"If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper."
- T.S. Eliot

 "In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write."
  - Pearl S. Buck

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." 
-William Wadsworth


Kathleen Moulton is a member of the Working Writer’s Club and monthly contributor to Heartbeat the Magazine. You can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope at When It Hurts –

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Shirley Corder said...

I enjoy these sort of quotes. Thanks Kathleen.

Heidiwriter said...

Love these! My favorite one is from Hemingway: "There are no great writers, only great re-writers." So true!

Karen Cioffi said...

Great quotes. I love the first one!

Kathleen Moulton said...

Glad you all like them!


Magdalena Ball said...

Nice quotes Kathleen. I especially like Wordsworth's: "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." Poets do quotations best!

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

My favorite is Wordworth's also.

Anne Duguid Knol said...

I like the Agatha Christie but all writing quotations appeal to me. Thanks for the list.

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