Pep Talk: Inspiring Quotes for Writers

Quotes that inspire us as writers are very personal, I find. So here are a few of my own inspirational writing quotes. May you find at least one or two that are helpful to you. Enjoy!

“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”—Stephen King, On Writing

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”‚Ä®—Virginia Woolf

“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”—Henry Miller

“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another."—Brenda Ueland from If You Want to Write

“It amazes me that you feel that each time you write a story you give away one of your dreams and you feel the poorer for it. But then you have not thought that this dream is planted in others, others begin to live it too, it is shared, it is the beginning of friendship and love. How is this world made which you enjoy, the friends around me that you love? They came because I first gave away my stories.”--Anais Nin in ‘A New Center of Gravity’ in A Woman Speaks: The Lectures, Seminars, and Interviews of Anais Nin, ed. Evelyn J. Hinz

"Many of the famous quotes about writing are grandiose. I’m not saying that all of these writers were posturing—perhaps that’s how they truly perceived themselves and their creativity. What I do know is that, for most writers, a strategy based on pain and deprivation is not a route to productivity. In fact, it is more likely a route to a block." – Hillary Rettig in The Seven Secrets of the Prolific

“Dare to speak for yourself.”—Anais Nin

"So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions and get on with the book."—A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Postscript: If you'd like to work with me as a positively-attuned Grub Street writing consultant or coach, you can find out more here or email me directly at boosts (at) I can work with you online or one-to-one. Happy writing!

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Sue Williams is co-founder of Here Booky Booky ( where authors' works are made into beautiful books. With a background in psychology, education, and online marketing, she is an instructor and confidence coach at Grub Street and has published her short stories at a variety of magazines and journals including Narrative (where she also worked as an editor), Salamander, the Yalobusha Review, and elsewhere. Under her pen name, Sue is agented, has published a novel and several collections, writes columns on sexuality and spirituality, and also runs an indie press. As Sue, she works as a marketing assistant for branding and marketing expert Dorie Clark, and also coaches writers who are looking to build their confidence and platforms. Find out more at and

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