On writing

10 Quotes That Inspire Me and Why

I’m a sucker for a good quote. I think the reason why is because the best of them distil the situation in one or two sentences and express exactly what I’m feeling.  When it comes to quotes about writing or that inspire my writing, I could talk about them all day, but for the purpose of this post I only picked out the top ten on my list.

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a do it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

This particular quote always puts a smile on my lips. It reminds me that I need to be playful in my writing and have fun with it. Even if the topic is serious, humour (if tasteful) always elevates the message and engages the reader.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill

A bit like a light in the dark, Churchill’s words inspire me to look at the bigger picture when I’m doubting my ability to write (which happens more than I would like to admit). On that note…

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”― Thomas A. Edison

Practice makes perfect, anyone? It would be impossible to find your way somewhere without following a map or road signs, and they wouldn’t exist if someone hadn’t travelled every road in order to tell the rest of us. Just hoping that one day, I’ll reach my destination.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Albert Einstein

Pretty much the same can be said about writing, and writing often. It’s impossible to write a book if you don’t sit down to write it.

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
Charles Bukowski

This quote reminds me to step outside the boundaries of conformity and take risks in my writing. It reassures me that taking different approaches can have a good pay-off, even if it’s just having fun while writing it.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

I love this one. It starts out so mundane like there is something obvious we’re missing, and then it plunges into the simple truth that all good writing comes from human experience.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
Mark Twain

This is perhaps the most relevant to me right now, as I’ve just completed a creative writing degree. Although I have learned a lot of rules that are meant to help me be the best writer that I can, I have to remember that sometimes they don’t work for what I’m trying to do. So long as I am aware of what the rules are, I can break them.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

It goes without saying, making mistakes is part of the learning process, so the more, the merrier!

“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
Jimi Hendrix

At the end of the day, no one writes because they want to make money (at least I hope they don’t). I write because it’s the best way I’ve found to express myself and I want to do so without regret.

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin

Finally, to write well, you need to read a lot. If ever I am not happy with my writing, I soon come to the conclusion that I haven’t read anything in too long. If there is one rule that must remain unbroken, this would be the one.

Do you have any quotes that inspire you? I’d love it if you shared them with me in the comments!



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