Some of My Favorite Writing Quotes

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So it’s been yet another month since my last post, and in my defense, July kind of flew past at supersonic speed. AND last week, it culminated in the fantastic RWA National Conference in New York City. I had a terrific time, and there will certainly be posts about that a bit later on. 🙂

But I am also fortunate enough to be part of the wonderful Golden Network Chapter, and was able to put together a slideshow celebrating our members who have graduated from unpublished authors to part of the published author’s network (PAN). Within the slideshow were some of my favorite writing and motivational quotes, which I wanted to share with you here.

May even just a few of these quotes bring you the clarity and motivation to move toward all of your goals and dreams. Enjoy, and have a terrific week. 🙂

Writing Quotes, collected for the 2015 GN Boot Up Slideshow

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London

“The thing always happens that you really believe in: and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
– Stephen King

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying…
‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
– Mary Anne Radmacher

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose…not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.”
~Anne Sullivan Macy

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours—so enjoy the view.”
—Michael York

“No one is asking, let alone demanding, that you write. The world is not waiting with bated breath for your article or book. Whether or not you get a single word on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the universe will expand. Writing is forever and always a choice – your choice.”
– Beth Mende Conny

“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
– Neil Gaiman

“Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.”
– Tom Clancy

“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”
—James Lee Burke

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”
– Tony Hsieh.

“All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people. For they dream with open eyes, and make them come true.”
– D.H. Lawrence

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them.”
– Isaac Asimov

“As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump! It’s not as wide as you think.”
– Joseph Campbell

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”
– Brian Tracy

“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop!”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”
— Nora Roberts

“When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream.
When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.”
– Dom Helder Camara






2 responses to “Some of My Favorite Writing Quotes”

  1. Helena Korin Avatar
    Helena Korin

    Thanks so much for the quotes, Shelley. My favourites were Barbara Kingsolver’s, Emerson’s and joseph Campbell’s – in that order.

    1. S.C. Chalmers Avatar

      Glad you enjoyed them, Helena. 🙂