My 5 Favorite Writing Quotes

I love quotes. I think the main reason I love Instagram is because of the way people can display quotes and Bible verses on beautiful images. Quotes can encourage. They can be something to look to when you feel stuck or uninspired.

I love turning to quotes about writing when I need a little boost of encouragement or inspiration. The following quotes are my favorites:

  1. “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    This was my first favorite quote about writing. I discovered it back in high school when I first got serious about writing. I love it because it explains that need to write that people feel. I have something to say to this world, and writing is how I say it.
  2. “A word to the unwise. Torch every book. Char every page. Burn every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.” – Ellen Hopkins
    This quote about censorship inspired a book I have on the back burner. I love it because it is so true—you can never take away the power of words.

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    I love this quote by Ellen Hopkins about censorship
  3. “The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” – Vladimir Nabokov
    I think this quote is a beautiful depiction of how it feels to write. When you are into a story and the words are flowing, it truly does feel like the words are already there in invisible ink, just waiting for you to uncover them.
  4. “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 love this quote because it reminds me to not let others influence my writing. It can be tempting to try to write a book just like the latest bestseller, but that’s not what I have to say and those aren’t the stories I have to offer to the world.

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    This quote by Barbara Kingsolver is a great reminder
  5. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23
    This last one is not exactly a quote about writing, but I apply this Bible verse to my writing life. Writing is the work I’ve been called to do. And I shouldn’t be writing for some worldly reason like fame. Instead I will work willingly for the Lord.

I hope that sharing these quotes might help inspire you with your own creative projects.

What’s your favorite quote about writing?

Why Write?

I’m a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell—whether that story is a novel, a poem, a song, an academic article, or even a personal journal. Everyone has something to say, no matter what the final product is, and they need to use writing to say it.

When I was in college at Wright State, I had the amazing opportunity to work at the University Writing Center. The UWC was an awesome place where any student could walk in to get help on any kind of writing and when they were at any point in the writing process. The writing coaches, who came from just about every major, got to sit one-on-one with the students and talk about what they were writing. And students came in with all kinds of projects, such as a paper for an English class, a case study for a nursing class, an engineering report for a senior design project, or personal writing like a résumé or creative writing.

My favorite part about working there was the variety of what a student would bring to the table. I never knew what to expect when I sat down with a student, and I was always surprised with what they had to say. Working with such a variety of students made me learn just how important writing is to every single career path, as each student needed to learn how to write in a specific way for their specific major. Also, reading all of the amazing stories these students brought to me not only taught me about so many different subjects, but allowed me the opportunity to share my belief that they had something very important to say, and that I wanted to hear it.

Back in high school I heard a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I’ve never forgotten: “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” Everyone has something they have to say, whether it is about the book they read in class, the culture that they come from, the subject they are studying, or even a novel of their own. Everyone has an opinion on something that they should share with the world, and writing is the best way to convey what they have to say.

Working in the UWC and talking with my peers, I discovered just how many people dislike writing. It’s hard work, it takes a long time, and, for many people, it’s just not worth it. But I know that everyone has something important to say. And even if writing isn’t enjoyable to you at the moment, all it may take to make it an enjoyable and even freeing experience is to find the right subject to write about.

Find what you have to say. And then say it. Because the world is waiting to hear. And I am too.