There is a lot of power in the profound thoughts of others. They can inspire and encourage us to keep going when challenges arise. Whether you are struggling to start writing, to see a project through, or to write more consistently, I want to help you.
Motivational quotes can be a great way to keep going. I’m sharing 10 of my favorite motivational quotes that help me keep writing.
10 Motivational Quotes to Help You Keep Writing
- “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” ― Dr. Seuss
I love this quote because nobody can write like you do. Nobody else can tell the stories you can tell. So embrace what makes you who you are. And let your unique qualities inspire some awesome writing.
- “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Your writing journey may have a few twists and surprises. Embrace the journey, because you might end up somewhere better than you ever could have imagined.
- “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde
A writer must truly live to capture emotion and experiences in their writing. Do something today that is really living, not just existing.
- “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”― Terry Pratchett
I love this because I think many writers put pressure on themselves to write a stellar first draft. It can be hard to turn of the inner editor or stop comparing a draft to someone else’s published writing. This is a wonderful reminder.
- “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”― Jodi Picoult
Sometimes we need an extra push to just start. Starting can be hard, but whatever we write, we can edit. If we don’t write we can’t make any progress at all
- “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
It can be such a common struggle to feel like our content or theme is not worth writing. But if we are willing to work hard enough, we can be successful. I love Sylvia’s reminder not to fall victim to self-doubt.
- “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ―Toni Morrison
There is a debate whether you should write for yourself or write for your reader. I love this quote because it clearly gives you permission to write for yourself. However, if you want to read a book that hasn’t been written, others probably do to.
- “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ―Robert Frost
Writing is such an emotional journey for many writers. If your writing doesn’t evoke emotion in you, you can’t expect it to evoke emotion in your reader.
- “A word after a word after a word is power.” ―Margaret Atwood
This makes writing sound so simple. And that can be encouraging. Really, writing is nothing more than one word after another. So start with one word, then add another and your words will have power.
- “Courage, dear heart.” ―C.S. Lewis
Writing is scary. And there is nothing wrong with that. Having fear is normal. But if we also have courage we won’t let our fear stop us from writing. So remember to have courage and don’t let fear hold you back.