15 Motivational Writing Quotes Every Writer Needs to Read 

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Sometimes, you just need some motivational writing quotes to help you feel inspired.

Writing is no easy task. Even the best of the best — Stephen King, Anne Lamott, Ernest Hemingway — have shared that writing is not a pursuit for the faint of heart. There are certain freelance writing skills you need to keep your business afloat.

A positive, can-do attitude and don’t quit mindset is one of them.

But, of course, that’s not always what you want to hear on a Monday when you’re dragging your feet to your computer to get that draft outline, final blog post, etc. ready for your clients.

So, instead, read some inspirational writing quotes to get you moving in the right direction. Inputting content into your brain that is encouraging and positive can help you get past that aggravating writer’s block or unmotivated attitude.

To kickstart your week on a positive writing quest, here are 15 motivational writing quotes to beat the writing doldrums.

Motivational Writing Quotes to Kick-Off Your Week

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

— Stephen King


“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”

— Anne Lamott


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

— Anaïs Nin


“The first draft is just you telling yourself a story.”

― Terry Pratchett


“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

— Mark Twain


“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

― Ernest Hemingway


“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

― Jodi Picoult


“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

― Anton Chekhov


“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

— Toni Morrison


“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.”

― Ernest Hemingway


“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”

— Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

— Henry David Thoreau


“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

— Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades


“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

— Richard Bach

Perhaps the most encouraging quote of them all: 

“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”

— Chinua Achebe

Use Motivational Writing Quotes to Inspire You Weekly

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Some days we just don’t want to write. It happens to the best of writers.

But you’ll never finish your draft, complete your manuscript, or get new clients if you don’t stay on top of it. You don’t have to write well every day, but you do have to keep the writing cycle going.

Reading motivational writing quotes at the start of every workweek — or just a hard writing day — can help you reset your mindset to keep going.

Not in the mood to write just yet? Go exercise, take a walk, meditate, or watch a funny movie clip. Lift your spirits and then get going!


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