7 of my favorite writing quotes

I thought today that I’d share some of my favorite writing quotes. Enjoy!

A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.

—Susan Sontag

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends): “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.

—Steven Pressfield

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

The business of being a writer is ultimately about asking yourself how alive am I willing to be?

—Anne Lamott

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.

—Margaret Atwood

Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We’re not here to be comfortable—we’re here, really, to shake things up. That’s our job.

—Jeanette Winterson

Half of what I write is garbage, but if I don’t write it down, it decomposes in my head.

—Jarod Kintz

14 thoughts on “7 of my favorite writing quotes

  1. These are such fabulous and hard-hitting quotes about writing. They’re all very true, I find. I especially resonate with this one:

    “The business of being a writer is ultimately about asking yourself how alive am I willing to be?”

    -Anna Lamott

    So many people struggle to get the life out of their head because they’re either scared or uncertain how the idea’s going to become. You have to live a little in your writing and go crazy when it’s needed. That’s why I love this quote so much, it just says it simply. ❤

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  2. Love the quote by Anne Lamott! That you spelt it as Anna reminds me of poor Anne of Green Gables endless plight . . . 🙃

    Jarod Kintz and Steven Pressfield also go to my heart. Writers, simply, must write.

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