Inspiration and Motivation for Writers


Chloe Henderson’s colourful little book is full of uplifting quotes with illustrations and tips that will get the aspiring writer motivated to write:

  • Write a book you’d like to read. If you wouldn’t read it, why would anybody else? (Hilary Mantel)     The scariest moment is just before you start.
  • No tears in the writer; No tears in the reader; No surprise in the writer, No surprise for the reader. (Robert Frost)     Never forget the enduring power of a story.
  • Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  (Anton Chekhov)     Remember…, show, don’t tell!    
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. (Mark Twain)     Look inside yourself, then beyond yourself and see that everyone has a unique story to tell – what’s yours?
  • It’s better to write something imperfect that you could improve on later than to stare at a piece of paper (or a screen) waiting for ‘the muse’ to inspire you. (Deborah Nam-Krane)     Allow yourself to make mistakes.
  • There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be. (Doris Lessing)     Make your own rules and stick to them.
  • One writes out of one thing only – one’s own experience. (James Baldwin)     Use your own experiences both good and bad – as fuel for your writiing.
  • Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would. (Zadie Smith)     Be objective when reading your work – imagine you’re reading someone else’s words.
  • Increasse your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. (P.D.James)     Read for fun!
  • The less conscious one is of being ‘a writer’, the better the writing. (Pico Iyer)     Don’t ever think that you’re not good enough.

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