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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