Trying to get motivational? Join the club! We’ve all been there struggling to find the right words, constantly tweaking sentences to get the best flow, and tossing ideas into the garbage bin. As much as we want to think writing is easy, the obstacles too often feel overwhelming and insurmountable.
Writer’s block and lack of will to write hold us aback. But it’s amazing how powerful motivational quotes can help you get writing.
So I’ve listed 12 of my favourite motivational quotes that helped me get the motivation I need to write, and I’m positively sure these quotes can get you electrified to write, too! Enjoy …
1. “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann
If you’re struggling to start your work, then hear this: you’re far from alone. Many writers out there… yeah, even successful ones… have had moments when they just don’t know how to start or finish their work.
Just because you’ve been writing for several years doesn’t mean it will always be easy. It’s not. So don’t be too hard on yourself.
2. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
Writing sure is your bread and butter. But every so often, you’re lost for words. It could be because there isn’t that much of inspiration, to begin with.
When you don’t know how to fill a blank page, the best way out is to take the time to read. Read, read, read!
Grab books, newspapers, or magazines and start reading. And no, don’t just flick through the pages. Grab whatever motivational techniques you can!
3. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac
Many think that using complex words is what makes a writer outstanding *and badass*. But sometimes, it’s best to stick to simpler words.
So when writing, be it a novel, a short story, or a personal statement, use simple words. And if you think these words don’t resonate your style, you can always change them later.
4. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham
I’m with Somerset.
But be warned, this is far different from the quote Write Drunk, Edit Sober, which, by the way, is terrible advice. There’s no way we can get motivational that way!
Technically, there are rules to follow when it comes to actual publishing, but what Somerset wants to imply is that you can express anything through writing. Anything.
5. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” – E.L Doctorow
There’s no story too crazy to be told. Say it louder for the people in the back!
6. “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
Self-doubt can lead to nowhere but a blank page. I think it’s in every Bang2Writer’s desire to kill self-doubt for good and get motivational instead.
Adam Persky from the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education explains that “people with self-doubt often feel like they are not as capable or adequate as others perceive or evaluate them to be.”
Persky said, “imposter syndrome provides motivation to persevere… you overprepare and overwork.”
Basically, you don’t have to fight self-doubt but instead use it as leverage.
7. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost
This is a great quote from Robert Frost about how important for a writer to pour out all his emotions into writing. Don’t hold back your tears, anger, happiness, and melancholy. Expressing your stories the way you want it is what makes you an effective writer.
8. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov
The assertion ‘show, don’t tell’ may be cliche, but that doesn’t make it anything less effective. When you lack motivation, the quick fix is to remind yourself what you want to show your readers.
9. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour
Just. Do. It. Your desire to write may not kick in as fast as you want, but as you start writing *anything*, expect the motivation to flow.
10. “A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood
I firmly believe that what you say to yourself impacts how you see yourself. Not being careful with the words you say in the mirror surely has an impact, just as how it impacts on others.
This is to say that if you want to be successful in writing or at least, bring out the writer in you, then think of words that you can anchor your goal.
11. “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” – Meg Cabot
Writing a good piece can be tough, let alone composing something you’re not passionate about. It’s not like you have a choice when you’re given an assignment, but it helps if you teach yourself to love what you’re writing.
12. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King
If you think there’s a formula to successful writing, then you’re *absolutely* wrong. Amateurs sit and wait for a motivational lightning bolt to strike them. But as professional writers, we make lighting happen by making ourselves the rainmaker.
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