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Inspirational Quotes for Writers

How many times have you come across a quote and thought I should write that down? If you’re anything like me, the answer is: a lot. Finding meaning in someone else’s words is a joy, and as a writer I find comfort in the wisdom — and struggles (let’s be honest) — of others. It’s nice to know that not everyone gets “it” (or a seven figure deal for that matter) the first time out the gate.

“I try to remind myself how much I love to stitch words together to make a story that kids might enjoy reading,” says Kristiana Gregory, author of the young adult novel Stalked. The Robert Frost quote taped to her printer reads, “All the fun is in how you say a thing.”

Alexandra Foster, a former New York City-based freelance writer, turns to Ralph Waldo Emerson when she’s struggling:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

I have quotes all over my apartment. Above my desk I have Ernest Hemingway’s “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” And on my fridge there’s a small piece of paper with Andy Rooney’s words scribbled: “A writer’s job is to tell the truth.”

VH1 writer and blogger Kate Spencer says Andy Warhol’s honesty “speaks” to her — especially when he said: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

Each of us will take to certain phrases more than others, but in case you need a little inspiration these days, here are some quotes to consider:

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” –Joseph Heller

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” –Stephen King

“You can make anything by writing.” –C.S. Lewis

“You can’t edit a blank page.” –Nora Roberts

You might also enjoy the Pinterest Pin Board we just started as a place to collect inspiring quotes for authors.

In the comments, tell us: What quotes inspire you as a writer?

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare turns 448 this week. It’s the dream of every writer that 448 years in the future, when people are reading whatever version of eBooks exist then (mind-books?), that they’ll still be poring over the words you wrote so far in the past. It’s a long-shot, but even the famous Bard of Avon,” had to start somewhere, sitting down at a desk and opening his mind to the possibilities of a story that just needed to be told.

Of course, some of his works were bigger hits than others. “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,”and “Othello” are routinely read by every high-schooler, while “The Life of Timon of Athens” is less so. Still, the fortitude that comes with writing so many works of such incredible quality is worthy of high respect from any type of writer. For the novices all the way to the most seasoned of hands, here are a few words of inspiration about the creative, clever, and intellectual spirit (and some of its ensuing difficulties) from possibly the most successful writer of the past 500 years.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. - Twelfth Night

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice – Hamlet

How well he’s read, to reason against reading!  - Love’s Labour’s Lost

Brevity is the soul of wit. - Hamlet

What is past is prologue. – The Tempest

I say there is no darkness but ignorance. – Twelfth Night

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. – Henry VI part II

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance? - Henry IV

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. - Macbeth

O, had I but followed the arts! – Twelfth Night

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. - As You Like It

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. -Hamlet

To be a creative individual, while definitely a gift, is something that will always be wrestling inside you, waiting to be expressed through some form of art. Shakespeare did a wonderful job describing this struggle.

From all of us at Lulu, Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Do you have a favorite Shakespeare quote or play?