7 Pearls of Wisdom for Writers by Writers

Maya Angelou Quote

Maya Angelou Quote

We writers have to keep one another encouraged and motivated. By now, if you’re writing, you know it’s not an easy life. A writer who does well and finishes their projects must be disciplined, but let’s face it, disciplined can become boredom and discouragement if we’re not careful.

I’ve found the following quotes of wisdom by writers for writers that I hope lifts your spirits and keeps you motivated even (especially) when nothing around you is offering encouragement.

“Don’t worry about how pretty (the story) sounds, how lilting it is, and the imagery, and the metaphor, all that. Most readers don’t care. It’s the people in your book that matter.” – Terry McMillan

“I think that black fiction authors have to work very hard to avoid being typed as seeking only a black audience.” – Stephen Carter

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
– Maya Angelou

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
– Stephen King

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
– Saul Bellow

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
– Robert Frost


Do you have favorite quotes that inspire your writing life? If yes, please share in the comment section below.

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