18 Quotes from Great Authors That Will Reinvigorate the Writing Process!

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Being a writer can be a very stressful job. You have to deal with rejection and doubts on a regular basis. And if you are not careful, you can easily burn yourself out during the writing process. Which is why it is always important that you strengthen your resolve every single day. Fortunately though, it is not that difficult to stay inspired during the writing process. You just need to actively look for new sources of inspiration to boost your resolve and help you stay focused on your goal as a writer. Here are 18 Inspiring Writing Quotes from great authors to get you started.


  1. “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” 

- Virginia Woolf


  1. “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


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

-Franz Kafka


  1. “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


  1. “When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

- Stephen King


  1. "We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."

- Anaïs Nin


  1. "You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write."

- Annie Proulx


  1. "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative."

- Elmore Leonard


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

- Erica Jong


  1. "Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being."

- A. A. Milne


  1. "A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God."

- Sidney Sheldon


  1. "I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within."

- Gustave Flaubert


  1. "A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time--proof that humans can work magic."

- Carl Sagan


  1. "Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window."

- William Faulkner


  1. "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


  1. "Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish."

- Hermann Hesse


  1. "Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write."

- Rainer Maria Rilke


  1. "As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand."

- Ernest Hemingway


With these inspiring quotes, you can now get through any obstacle that can come your way. So what are you waiting for? Get started on your literary masterpiece now!