10 inspiring quotations about writing

Ten inspiring quotations about writing

Here are ten inspiring quotations about writing by people who understand the writer’s task — writers! Each one has a different perspective on the writer’s craft, so at least a few of them are liable to speak to you as a teacher of writing or as a writer yourself.

Browse these quotes to encourage yourself in your own efforts to write or share them with your children to initiate a discussion about the writing process. Each quote could also be used as a journal prompt in which you or your teen writes about writing.

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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams

Scott Adams on creativity versus art

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." -Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman on your unique voice

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” –

"You can make anything by writing." -C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis on the power of writing

“You can make anything by writing.”

"Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's." - Stephen King

Stephen King on the role of description

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." -Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury on inspiration

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”

"Writing is the painting of the voice." -Voltaire

Voltaire on the meaning of writing

“Writing is the painting of the voice.”

"A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts." -Brandon A. Trean

Brandon A. Trean on the role of a writer

“A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts.”

"I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles." -Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale on drafting and revising

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." - Louis L'Amour

Louis L’Amour on getting started

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

"...write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou on the writer’s objective

“…write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

 

Which quote speaks to you as a writer? Which one would you most like your child to understand as a writer? See more quotes like these on our Pinterest board.

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