Inspirational Quotes for Writers

12 Apr 2016 15:33 | Anonymous

Here are some quotes which keep me refreshed, from the well of clear water produced by inspirational writers, some of whom we have had the pleasure of welcoming to our GWG conferences in the past.

A writer’s job is to get outside one’s self, to pry, listen and eavesdrop, to find out what you don’t yet know. (Bret Lott)


There is nothing new in literature, there is no new way to tell a story, no more breakthroughs to be made.  It’s all about the details. (Bret Lott)

In creative writing you are always a beginner.  Once you feel you are an expert, you can’t write anymore. (J.L. Borges)

If poets are genuine, they must keep on repeating: ‘I don’t know.’ All they can do is keep on trying. (Naomi Shihab Nye)

If you can’t take the first step, take the second. (James Richardson)

After this life, we need a second life to apply the lessons we have learnt. (Dunya Mikhail)

You don’t have to have a long track record to become interesting to an agent or publisher.


It is the perennial debate, born in the Romantic era, between the beliefs that all creative acts are born of (a) some transcendent, inexplicable Dionysian act of inspiration, a kiss from God on your brow that allow you to give the world The Magic Flute, or (b) hard work. … I come down on the side of hard work…. Creativity is a habit and the best creativity is a result of good work habits…. In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative. (Twyla Tharp)

 Happy inspiration and happy writing!


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