Being a writer can be exhausting, inspiring, exhausting, thought-provoking, anxiety-inducing, and thrilling all at the same time. Here are five of our favorite quotes from some of the world’s best writers to get your thoughts moving!
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway
Many people believe you’re born with it or you’re not, but writing takes practice, pacing and patience. The best writers may have been born with a “way with words” but it still took them time to leave their mark on the world. Some writers didn’t even get recognized until years after they died. This quote from Hemingway just shows it’s up to you how much you share that you actually had to work at making your writing as great as it is.
“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” – Ayn Rand
Writing helps many people zoom in on what’s going on in their minds. Daily journaling, working on a novel, or even infusing your thoughts into lifestyle writing for work all help give you clarity on what’s really going on up there!
“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.” – Erica Jong
Finishing may be the hardest part because once it’s out there for the whole world to see, others interpretations can come up. What if what you wanted to say is interpreted differently? What if not everyone “gets” it? What if…people love it!
“A wounded deer leaps the highest.” – Emily Dickinson
Sometimes you have to get knocked down before you can reach your goals. When one publisher turns you away, sending 20 more pitches is the best way to combat that feeling of failure.
“There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.” – Robert Graves
Writers aren’t in it for the money or the fame. Telling your story is something only you can do and there is no greater satisfaction than a writer sharing their words.
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