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These Quotes About Writing Will Inspire And Motivate You To Finally Write.

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I love quotes.

And I guess you do too.

I once have a notebook for storing quotes that got lost. It was painful. Well today, I still file away quotes but not with pen and paper but in my Evernote account. With that, I can be sure my quotes are safe and secure.

I have pulled from my Evernote account some powerful quotes on writing that I believe will inspire you and further encourage you in your pursuit of an outstanding writing career.

These quotes are from best-selling authors, novelists, advertising legends and copywriters. I also commented on each quote to add my musings.


It is none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you are born that way.

Ernest Hemingway.

Sometimes we think we need a guru to anoint us a writer or get a book deal or win a Nobel laureate before we can feel comfortable to call ourselves a writer. If you have written something before, you are a writer. Go, write something else.

EverywhereI go I am ask if I think university stifleswriters. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Flannery O’Connor.

University education has no bearing on your ability to write. I studied engineering and I did extremely well. Recently I pull out an old term paper and read it aloud to myself. It sounded ridiculous. I use to tell my friends “your education starts after you finish schooling” in fact, Thomas Edison once quipped “I never allow schooling to interfere with my education”.  If you stop reading and studying after you graduated from the university you could up being worse than someone who didn’t go to school at all.

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.

A thousand steps begin with a single step, so a thousand words must begin with one word. This is my best formula for becoming a better writer: sit down and write.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King.

There is a common thread that ran through all great writers: they read a lot. If you want to be an amazing writer, read like one.

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Stephen King.

We all know what writer’s block is: that thing that makes a writer steer at a blank screen and wonders what the heck he is going to write about. Don’t let that get in the way of writing. Start anywhere. Start with a quote. Start with a question. Start with a story. Borrow, even steal (ethically) a phrase from another piece of writing. Just start.

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”-William Faulkner.

William Faulkner.

I started very terribly. I would write a sentence and delete it. I would write another one and discover it is any better than the previous, I will delete that too. I tried the third sentence and it was better than the first two. I got better. Word by word, phrase by phrase and sentence by sentence, I am getting better. The only way to get better at doing anything at all is to be comfortable with doing it poorly at first. Anything worth doing at all is worth doing poorly at first. Focusing on getting it right at first sight is a perfect recipe for getting nothing done at all. Just do it.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde.

To stand out as a writer, you must embrace your uniqueness- what makes you “you”. Your unique perspective and experience make you who you are and that will show in your writing. It will determine your tone of voice when you write. Your deep convictions and reservations make you different from others. And that is a good thing.

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

Tony Morrison

I heard there is a book in everyone. I believe there is more than one book in everyone. There is something you are born to do. The world will be missing something great if you are not here. Thank God you are here. Share your gift with passion and connect with those you here to serve.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

As a copywriter, I know the importance of choosing my copy words carefully, as this can make the difference between someone buying something or hitting the back button for good. It is okay to fart out words just to get things on paper, however, we must take the time to revise our work to remove the chaff from the substance.

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

Oscar Wilde

The purpose of any piece of writing is to communicate an idea, to teach, to motivate and inspire the reader. Anything else is a waste of ink. One of the best advice, when it comes to writing, is: express don’t impress. Kerouac said, “one day I will find the right words, and they will be simple”.

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.

Joseph Conrad.

When I first started as a writer, I struggled a lot.  I thought the whole show was about me. I lack clarity and direction. But when I put writing in the context of service to others, things got a lot easier. Empathy is the ability to step into other shoes and feel their pains and struggles. Great writers strive to be altruistic and empathetic.

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

Anton Chekhov.

Do you want to communicate more effectively? Then, the show doesn’t just tell. Using figurative languages, imagery, and metaphors will help you to create evocative descriptions that show rather than tell. Aristotle once said “the greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. One of the greatest masters of metaphor that I know of is Bishop David Oyedepo. In one of his sermons, he said: “planning is winning just as breathing is leaving”. Powerful.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.

Somerset Maugham.

Inherent in every story is a powerful force to influence. Great teachers and writers are known to be great storytellers. Stories have the power to transfix your readers and make them agree to everything you write. When it comes to using stories to teach I respect one man above all, E .A Adeboye, G.O, Redeem Christian church of God. You will always hear him say “let me tell you two stories, and we will pray”. His stories make hi swords irresistible.

The first draft of anything is shit.

Ernest Hemingway.

When you read a perfect piece of writing you have read a well-edited piece of writing. You are encouraged to do a brain dump, and tidy it up later. If your goal is perfection from the get-go, you may end up with an unfinished piece of writing. Another powerful advice on writing is: write drunk and edit sober. CJ Cherryh said, “it is perfectly okay to write garbage, as long as you edit brilliantly”.

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

Henry David Thoreau.

Verbosity is easy, brevity is hard. It is easy to think that long-winding sentences are a sign of cleverness but try shorter sentences and you will discover that is the real work. It is a mark of a genius writer to be able to put in a few words an Idea that would normally require longer words to express without losing the meaning and substance of the idea. You can quote me on that.

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.

Erica Jong.


If you are a perfectionist, you will also suffer this affliction. But far and wide, the most pervasive reason people don’t ship their work is their fear of criticism- the fear of being judged by others. If you have written something, be proud of it and care less what the critics may say. There are positive criticisms, but they are rear. Focus on productivity, service, and love for what you do and soon, you will rise above the noise.

A writer in whose presence the prison wall fell

Chinue Achebe.

I felt a moral obligation to include a Nigeria author and this is what I could remember for now. In that statement, Achebe was referring to Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for 27 years for his fight against injustice and inequality in South Africa.  It is also a testament to the power of words.

Words are powerful. They can move mountains and break down barriers if you know how to weird its power. They can start a war, and they can also stop it. They can make someone fall in love with you, and they can make them hate you. Through auto-suggestion, you can make yourself happy or not happy with the words you speak to yourself. I will be a student of the word and its usage for life. Finally, this one is from Hunter S Thompson. In 1959, years before he hits his stride, he said

As it stands now I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and say you are nothing, I will be a writer”.

Hunter S Thompson

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