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Inspiring Quotes for Writers

Updated on June 18, 2018
Believe in Yourself
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Life as a writer

Life as a writer is a very hard road to choose. I'm not saying it's not a great life, I'm just saying that for most people it is a life full of rejection slips and disappointment. For others it is a life of joy and acceptance.

I love to write. I have had my share of both sides of the writing coin. I have been accepted and I have been rejected. Through it all I have managed to hold my head high and keep marching on.

Never lose the belief that you have in your ability to write the next best seller. Believe in yourself. Believe in your ability. Never lose the belief that you are a writer. Keep on writing.

In this hub I have included some special quotes that have helped me along the way when I have felt like giving up. I hope you enjoy them.

Keep on writing.
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Steps of Writing

  • Prewriting - this is the step where you decide what you are going to write, who your audience is, and find the information you need by researching your topic. Check to see what the popular searches are and which keywords are being searched. You want to make sure there is an audience out there for the subject you are writing about.
  • Drafting - in this step you write out your article using your research. It doesn't have to be perfect. What you are trying to do is arrange your words into sentences and paragraphs and see if it says what you intended it to say. Here is also when you check for photos, videos, amazon and ebay items to add to your hub. You will also consider whether a poll, map, table, or quiz can be included.
  • Revising - here you read and reread your rough draft. You decide if it makes sense, you add, rearrange, and take out words. Make sure you read your new draft out loud, this way you can hear if it flows Now you go over your tag words and select your links. Make sure they are relevant to your article.
  • Proofread - now you check your grammar, spelling and punctuation. Make sure you have complete sentence, no run on sentences, and you have capitalized everything that needs it. Double check the flow of your article. You want people to read it from beginning to end.
  • Publish - for use at hubpages this is the time to push that publish now button. Oh, what a feeling. Now you wait to start getting those comments. Of course, you job is not completely done. You will need to keep checking on your hub. Make sure it is getting traffic. Answer any comments you receive. Make any changes you need on your hub. Make sure you keep an eye on it.

Let your dream be bigger than your fears.
Let your dream be bigger than your fears. | Source

Inspirational Quotes For Writers

  • I've got a folder full of rejection slips that I keep. Know why? Because those same editors are calling my agent hoping I'll write a book or novella for them. Things change. A rejection slip today might mean a frantic call to your agent in six months. - MaryJanice Davidson
  • Best advice on writing I've ever received. Finish. - Peter Mayle
  • The more a man writes the more he can write. - William Hazlitt
  • It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. ~ Eddie Cantor
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by those things you didn't do then by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
  • There are two kinds of writers: those that make you think and those who make you wonder. - Brian Aldiss
  • There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are. - Somerset Maugham
  • When writing a novel a write should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway
  • I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. - James Michener
  • If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasen't been written yet, then you must write it. - Toni Morrison
  • I'm just going to write because I can't help it. - Charlotte Bronte
  • The faster I writer, the better my input. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them. - Raymond Chandler
  • There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. - Ernest Hemingway
  • I never learned to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night the spring that fed it. The first draft is always shit. - Ernest Hemingway
  • To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make. - Truman Capote
  • If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow. - Louis L'Amour
  • Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. - Sharon O'Brien
  • The wastebasket is a writer's best friend. - Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft-then you can add all the genius you want. - Phyllis A. Whitney
  • I have to write the story I want to write. I never wrote them with a focus group of 8 year olds in mind. I have to continue telling the story the way I want to tell it. J. K. Rowling
  • I write for the same reason I breathe-if I didn't, I'd die. - Isaac Asimov
  • Write from your heart; rewrite from your head. - Viki King
  • What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. - Logan Pearsall Smith

Never give up even when it seems bigger than you thought.
Never give up even when it seems bigger than you thought. | Source

10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer


Write more.

Write even more.

Write even more than that.

Write when you don't want to.

Write when you do.

Write when you have something to say.

Write when you don't.

Write every day.

Keep writing.

~ Brian Clark ~

Keep on trying.
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Becoming a better writer- Writing from the heart

  • Meditate - focus on what you are writing. Once you are truly focused it will open up a whole world of ideas.
  • Show - show, don't tell how your character feels. Don't just say she was happy, show how she is feeling happy. Ex: she hummed a happy tune, she gave a little skip, her smile spread across her face.
  • Sentence length - Shorter sentences build up to a climax while longer sentences are more descriptive and tell a story.
  • Read - I can't emphasize this enough. Read everything you can get your hands on. The more you read the better you can develop your characters.
  • Descriptive words - Make sure you use strong, descriptive words. Rather than saying "His heart beat a little faster", say "his heart was thundering in his heart. It beat so hard he wondered that it stayed securely in his chest."
  • Imagination - leave some of the action to the imagination. Your reader doesn't need every little detail about your character's love life. Sometime their imagination will take them further than you.
  • Rough draft - nobody writes a perfect first draft. Allow yourself to make mistake, to write a really rough draft. Make sure you are prepared to rewrite, maybe more than once.
  • Write - write, write, write, and write some more. The more you write the more experience you will have. The more experience you have the better you will become.

It all begins with the first word.
It all begins with the first word. | Source

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.

— Maya Angelou

© 2012 Susan Hazelton


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    • Breanne Ginsburg profile image

      Breanne Ginsburg 

      4 years ago

      I LOVE the quote by Toni Morrison about if you want to read a book and it hasn't been written, you have to write it yourself. Great article!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, I think sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not alone.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well advised hub on Feel Good Quotes For Writers, tips one should carefully think about as a writer.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      PegCole17, you mentioned a quote that I find to be most useful. It's amazing how many people begin to write but never finish.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, I loved this advice and in particular, the quote by Peter Mayle. "Best advice on writing I've ever received. Finish." Good words.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      pstraubie, I often needed to be reminded myself. I think as a writer we need to be reminded that those who have come before also needed that push of inspiration.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Being a quote groupie I usually at least take a peek at quote article. Plus this morning I needed to be reminded of all of the words that writers need to consider from those who have walked this walk.

      The Mark Twain quote is one I have quoted in a hub I posted---it is so powerful.

      So many of these quotes are like brain food---listening to those who write and are successful is a way for us to get in their heads and learn from what they know. I am bookmarking this.

      Thank you for sharing this..I needed a cuppa' word wisdom this morning...Pinned

      Sending Angels to you and yours. :) ps

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      thank you kindly epigramman. When I was thinking of joining hubpages I decided that I would like to write about a few different subjects. I also wanted a name that was comfortable and got across the idea of people just sitting and chatting about this and that.

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      7 years ago are so right - this is a most essential hub presentation for any writer - young or old - and I will most definitely use it as a handy reference guide because it is so inspiring and there are many interesting facts here (and quotes too) I will madly and gladly share post and link this page to the Hubpages FB group and I have always loved your hubname - is there a special meaning behind it? Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:54pm

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      7 years ago from Kerala

      Hai, very very well, It is more interesting. This topic is about 'how become an efficient writer', but I wish to read 'how prepare earning setting' or how make earn program. can you write about it, that will be more helpful especially 'new comers',

      Thanks for sharing.

      best wishes

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kashmir56,, thanks for your wonderful comment and your votes. I enjoy doing hubs with inspirational quotes - it lifts the spirit.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub, loved all those quotes, well done !

      Vote up and more !

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Enelle, thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Eddy, thanks so much for your comment.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and thank you so much for sharing them on here.


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      Enelle Lamb 

      7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Some excellent tips Gals and I loved the inspirational quotes.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks fpherj48 for your kind comments. I enjoy writing uplifting articles. As a writer I need some encouragemment eveyday and these type of quotes and comments such as yours do the trick.

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Koffee.....Your title pulled me in and I'm glad it did.......This hub of yours is right up there with the very best.....interesting, informative and uplifting. This is so well-written, I enjoyed reading from first word to last! Three quotes I absolutely love, from O'Brien, Asimov and King. There cannot be a single writer who doesn't relate to all of this!! Thanks for this great work, Koffee............UP++++

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Gypsy Rose Lee, thanks for the rating. I'm glad you found the quotes inspiring.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Break of Dawn, I too love the quote by Isaac Asimov. There as so many wonderful motivational quotes for writers it is hard to choose a favorite.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Feel like I've just been give a cheerleading start and I'm ready to write. Love those quotes. Passing this on.

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      Break of Dawn 

      7 years ago

      Mark Twain's words are so wise and inspirational. I like Isaac Asimov's statement; I write for the same reason I breathe-if I didn't, I'd die - Yes, I truly feel the same way, and I love Brian Clark's knowledgeable and motivating quote to be a better writer. Voted up and shared. Thank you for a very inspirational hub.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Janellegems, I need that extra boost of encouragement every now and then and thought I would share. Thank you.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Excellent, encouraging list of Quotes. I like the Brian Clark quote and also Louis L' Armor quote. Great hub.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vespawoolf, I guess you can tell that inspirational quotes are my thing, so to speak. Thanks for reading.

      ahostagesituation, thank you so much.

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      7 years ago

      I really love this. Thanks!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      Another great list of inspirational quotes! They really keep me going...I always look forward to what you're going to compile next. I think this quote is very useful: "Write from your heart; rewrite from your head". The quotes from Mark Twain are beautiful and inspiring. Thanks so much!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      JayeWisdom, Mark Twain has some special quotes - he gets right to the heart of the matter. Thanks.

      Mhatter99, every little thing on it :)

      penlady, Thank you for reading.

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      7 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Great hub on writing. Voted up and interesting.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Let me see... I'm reading this on a writing site. What would make this useful? :)) Thank you.

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I think the Mark Twain quote inspires me most. I agree with his statement about being disappointed in what one doesn't do, and I love his metaphor.

      Good hub, and an inspirational one for writers. Voted Up++


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