Writing Inspiration

When you feel a bit dis-enchanted with your writing, if you’re afraid that the deep obsessive love has dried up, or you feel you’ve lost your way in the enchanted woods of story-telling, then a few inspiring quotes from others who’ve been there before you can work wonders to cure your disenchanted soul.

Try reading or copying some of these:


We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke


You have something to say, something to share with the world or with the people close to you. Your life is important, and your memories document how you have changed your corner of the universe.” ~ Robert Goodman & Peggy Lang


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


…It is impossible that you have no creative gift…you cannot be sure that it is not a great gift.” ~ Brenda Ueland


A story is like something you wind out of yourself. Like a spider, it is a web you weave, and you love your story like a child. ~ Katherine Anne Porter


In writing a novel, there is in the beginning what I would call a theme. It’s not an idea but a feeling. Then this feeling goes on developing and unraveling itself, like a rope. This is why I say a novel writes itself. One writes a novel in order to know why one writes it. It is the same with life – you live not for some end, but in order to know why you live. ~ Alberto Moravia


It takes a heap of loafing to write a book. ~ Gertrude Stein


You do not even have to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~Franz Kafka


When I’m happiest, I write almost every day. ~Sophy Burnham


As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendent, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall. ~Virginia Woolf


If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define is essentially as an act of courage. ~Cynthia Ozick


Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois so that you may be violent and original in your work. ~Flaubert


If a story is in you, it has got to come out. ~William Faulkner


Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Red Smith



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