13 writerly quotes for inspiration

These are just a few of my favorite quotes about writing, which I hope provide some inspiration for you too.  For a tasty endless supply, browse #writequote on Twitter.

Their stories are not so different from my stories and their healing aids my healing. ~Len Leatherwood

My writer self is braver than the rest of me. ~Natalie Goldberg

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~Benjamin Franklin

Don’t get it right, just get it written. ~James Thurber

The trick is to not think about writing but to create a state of reverie. ~Roger Rosenblatt

If writing comes from the heart, it will reach your audience. Be yourself. ~Kathleen Pooler

Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard. ~David McCullough

Use a thesaurus, use your imagination, scratch your head until it comes to you, but find the right word. ~Isabel Allende

Marry someone you love and who thinks you being a writer is a good idea. ~Richard Ford

If the phrase is not affecting the reader, what’s it doing there? Make it do its job or cut it without mercy or remorse. ~Isaac Asimov

Careful use of [punctuation] emphasizes the sound of your distinctive voice … [It] exists to serve you. Don’t be bullied into serving it. ~Russell Baker

Memoir’s not an easy form. If other people are to care about your life, art must intervene. ~Hilary Mantel

Don’t ever write anything you don’t like yourself and if you do like it, don’t take anyone else’s advice about changing it. ~Raymond Chandler

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