Hi SEers! Denise here on the cusp of spring. This is an inspiring time of year when the landscape blooms and reaches new heights. Words can also bloom and take us to new heights like a good writing quote. When I’ve sat down to write and things don’t go as planned, it’s time to look for inspiration. Quotes are one place to find it.
This time last year, I shared my favorite quotes and a quiz here. Today, I’m offering some writing quotes, including the one that nudged me to explore my writing dreams.
“Embrace your inner child…”
The inner child is not a new idea and has been used in therapy and self-help books. It mirrors my outlook on life and writing.
Do you remember when you were a small child when everything was new and full of possibilities? You could spend hours watching the clouds float by and imagine seeing shapes in them—or witness snow gracefully floating down for the first time? Perhaps you recall that excitement of getting up on Christmas morning and finding Santa had visited you. There was an open heart and no expectation other than to enjoy life.
Life’s challenges paid their visits over the years and dimmed this joy, but it wasn’t completely silenced. When I write or read a great story, I hear the voice of that inner child and connect to magic again.
Quotes to inspire that inner writer
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”- Groucho Marx
“You can make anything by writing.”- C.S. Lewis
The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”- William H. Gass
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”- J. K. Rowling
. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.”– Maya Angelou
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”- Anne Frank
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”- William Faulkner
You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page”- Jodi Picoult
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”- E. L. Doctorow
“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”– Barbara Kingsolver
“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” – Stephen King
“You fail only if you stop writing.”— Ray Bradbury
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”— Toni Morrison
“You can’t fail if you don’t quit. You can’t succeed if you don’t start.”— Michael Hyatt
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”— Benjamin Franklin
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”—Virginia Woolf
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”— Somerset Maugham
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”— Madeleine L’Engle
“Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.”— Lev Grossman
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”— Les Brown
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve, the fear of failure.”— Paulo Coelho
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”— Albert Einstein
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”— Confucius
“If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.”— Wayne Dyer
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”— Thomas Edison
I hope some of these touched that inner writer and inspired you! Do you have any go-to inspirational words that connect you to that creativity?