Quotes are powerful. In a few words they can create great insight or share profound wisdom. They can create emotions. They can make you laugh, or can motivate or inspire you.
In other terms it’s easy to understand why so many non-fiction writers use them throughout their books.
However, today I want to focus on how you can use quotes while writing. You see I’m a firm believer that what you tell yourself becomes your reality. On that note I use quotes daily to make sure I tell myself the right things. Normally while taking a break or when I feel the need to get into the right spirit.
So here are the 18 favorite writing quotes that I love:
- I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. – Steven Wright
- A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it must be to be God. – Sidney Sheldon
- Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. – Henry David Thoreau
- Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost? – Paulo Coelho
- Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
- Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. – E. B. White
- My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. – Anais Nin
- Write drunk, edit sober. – Ernest Hemmingway
- It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
- I never let schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain
- Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts. – Larry King
- The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. – John Steinbeck
- There’s a word for a writer who never gives up: published. – Joe Konrath
- If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. – Stephen King
- You don’t find time to write. You make time. – Nora Roberts
- No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robbin Williams
- What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story. – Scott Fitzgerald
- In order to write about life, first you must live it! – Ernest Hemingway
But please don’t stop here. Steal my list, then add, delete and create your own list. But most importantly, once you’ve created it, start building habits around reading these quotes. Maybe for your breaks or when you’re not in the right mood. Or maybe simply in order to transcend a great time into absolutely awesome.
Question: Which is your favorite writing quote?
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