Encouraging Quotes for Writers

When I'm feeling frustrated with my writing, here are some quotes
that give me inspiration...

"Write about it by day and dream about it by night."
~ E. B. White

"God sells us all things at the price of labor."
~ Leonardo da Vinci

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
~ Claude M. Bristol

"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action."
~ William Shakespeare

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.
You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
~ E. L. Doctorow

"Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin,
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
~ Harper Lee

"I'm going to write because I cannot help it."
~ Charlotte Bronte

"Any work of art must first tell a story."
~ Robert Front

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force. Clutter is a wonderfully fertile ground--you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things, get a grip."
~ Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird

"I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent re-writer."
~ James Michener

"I try to leave out the parts people skip."
~ Elmore Leonard

"Easy reading is damn hard writing."
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

"There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good stories seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky."
~ Stephen King, On Writing

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
~ William Wordsworth

"The best time for planning a book is when you're doing the dishes."
~ Agatha Christie

You will be published if you posses three qualities: talent, passion and discipline. You will probably be published if you possess two of the three qualities in either combination--either talent and discipline or, passion and discipline. You will likely be published if you possess neither talent nor passion but still have discipline. But, if all you possess is talent or passion, if all you possess is talent and passion, you will not be published."
~ Elizabeth George, Write Away