Quotes to Inspire Your Writing

We lost a lot of wonderful artists, athletes, and thinkers in 2016. I’m not usually one to get too worked up over celebrity deaths. However, there is a lot us writers can glean from some of these greats.

With that purpose in mind, I went looking for quotes from some of the folks we lost last year to inspire every step of your writing journey. Enjoy!

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For when you’re about to try something you’ve never done before.

I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls. -David Bowie

For when a new plot bunny tries to derail you while you draft.

Sometimes ideas are coming so fast that I have to stop doing one song to get another. But I don’t forget the first one. If it works, it will always be there. It’s like the truth: it will find you and lift you up. And if it ain’t right, it will dissolve like sand on the beach. -Prince

For when that voice whispers, “You aren’t a REAL writer.”

Stay afraid but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.  -Carrie Fisher

For those days when you need to lighten up.

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I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously. -Alan Rickman

For when you let go of your work and send it into the world.

I gave it all that I had, and it’s gratifying that others seem to be receiving it so well. -Debbie Reynolds

For when you don’t think you can do it.

It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. -Muhammad Ali

For days you need to focus on all the positives.

I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin. – Leonard Cohen

For when you get a really hard critique.

The thing I love about making movies is the peace of mind that I know I don’t have to be perfect the first time. I can be perfect the second time or the third time. -Gene Wilder

For when you need to remember why you write.

I write to understand as much as to be understood. -Elie Wiesel

For those who think it’s “too late” to start writing.

Old folks have dreams and ambitions too, like everybody else. Don’t sit on a couch someplace. -John Glenn

For when you need to remember the importance of what you’re doing.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. -Harper Lee
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Amanda Rawson Hill grew up in southwest Wyoming with a library right out her back gate, which accounts a lot for how she turned out. She now resides in central California where she is a gardener, chemist, homeschool mom, Yosemite explorer, and Disneyland enthusiast. She writes middle-grade fiction and is represented by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown LTD.

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