In life, there is no height one dreams to attain that another has not reached. Following the steps and advice of those who have gone ahead of us on the same path-way which we walk helps to make the journey faster and smoother. Outlined below are 25 quotes by renowned and successful writers – inspirational words which show the right and safe path every writer needs to take to write better and become successful. I believe they will be helpful to you if you take them in and work with them.
1. “If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day…You don’t go to a well once but daily- Walter Mosley
2. “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” – Ray Bradbury, WD
3. “If there is a book that you read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
4. “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
5. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown
6. “Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the things you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was ‘terrible’, describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was ‘delightful’, make us say ‘delightful’ when we read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, Please, will you do my job for me?” – C.S Lewis
7. “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” – Annie Dillard
8. “Write while the heat is in you … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”
– David Thoreau
9. “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” – Brené Brown
10. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
11. “If my doctor told me that I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I would type a little faster.” – Isaac Asimov
12. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrow disappear, my courage is reborn – by Anne Frank
13. “If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” – Handke
14. “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”- Samuel Johnson
15. “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” – Larry L. King, WD
16. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things: read a lot and read a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King
17. “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”— Natalee Goldberg
18. “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, WD
19. Write something that’s worth fighting over. Because that’s how you change things. That’s how you create art.” – Jeff Goins
20. “I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” – Ray Bradbury, WD
21. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
22. “Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”-by Ray Bradbury, WD
23. A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
1. What am I trying to say.
2. What words will express it?
3.What image or idiom will make it clearer?
4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
And he will probably ask himself two more:
- Could I put it more shortly?
- Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly? – George Orwell
From Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language.”
24. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “all writing comes by the grace of God.” Modifying this, I say, all good writing comes by the grace of God
25. Know that the Creator lives and moves and breathes within you. So those dreams? Risk them. Those words? Write them. Those hopes? Believe them.” – Elora Nicole Ramirez
The list is endless but I will hit the pause button here.
To wrap it up, take a minute to go over again the words in the last two quotes: “All good writing comes by the grace of God. Know that the Creator lives and moves and breathes within you. So those dreams? Risk them. Those words? Write them. Those hopes? Believe them.” I’m fully convinced that when you challenge yourself to write, you will become that better writer you greatly desired.