10 Quotes From Women Writers That Will Get You Writing Everyday
Writing advice for when you need a nudge
The process of putting words on paper can be extremely discouraging, which is why I am constantly looking for writing advice. Whether you’re trying to put your first words down on a blank page, get inspired, or get over writer’s block, check out these ten quotes from women who are absolute masters at their craft and prepare to feel enlightened.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” — Sylvia Plath
Anything you can think of is a topic to explore. Sometimes you should let your pen guide you and not you guide your pen. Your view is the only one that matters, so put aside your fear of not being good enough and write for yourself. Creating for yourself is never wrong.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” — Maya Angelou
There’s a story to be told within all of us. No matter how unmotivated you feel, putting your story on paper is guaranteed to make you feel better. It’ll be a load in your heart.
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” — Octavia E. Butler
It’s easy for writers to feel a little out of their depth, but like everything else, if you don’t quit you’ll keep on growing.
“Write about the emotions you fear the most” — Laurie Halse Anderson
Sometimes I am too caught up in writing a good piece that I forget why I started writing in the first place. Writing is a way to cope, and sometimes tragedies make really good art.
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write” — Annie Proulx
Pick up a book and you’ll find your love for writing again. You can get inspiration from everything around you. Read and you’ll be reminded of why you fell in love with writing.
“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God” — Sidney Sheldon
Words are power. There are billions of ideas to be explored, and when you’re writing, you have endless power and endless possibilities.
“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged” — Erica Jong
Rule number one of writing, don’t be afraid of judgment. Don’t let fear stop you. Take chances, and you'll be surprised by the outcomes.
“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces” — Allegra Goodman
You’ll never feel good about what you write if you keep comparing it to someone else’s writing. Comparison kills progress. Everyone has something different and unique to offer.
“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels” — May Sarton
When you find yourself struggling to find inspiration, look no further than the moments that have made up your life. Your life is the biggest source of inspiration. The moments you’ve lived through so far are interesting enough. Think about all the people you’ve met, the places you’ve visited, your daydreams, the conversations you’ve had…your life is rich with novel material.
“One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer…is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, truer, more moving, more fascinating, more perceptive, than anything you’re going to manage to get down on paper” — Robin McKinley
The truth is, you’re never going to live up to your own expectations. Everything really is better in our heads, and it doesn’t feel the same when you put it down on paper. That’s a good thing though, because it’s what keeps writers trying.