8 Black Writers’ Quotes about Writing

Writing is not a solitary journey though there are times it feels that way. The inspiration required to keep going and finish is immeasurable. Sometimes it’s not enough for family and friends to cheer us on; we need to hear what the accomplished ones have to say too. Below are the musings of 8 black writers on writing. Be inspired and encouraged.

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”  Alice Walker

“Look at what’s happening in this world. Every day there’s something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?”  Gwendolyn Brooks

“Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.” Maya Angelou

“We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.” Nikki Giovanni

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

“I don’t know how to write. I just do it.” J. California Cooper

“When you’re writing first person, all I can see and tell as the author is what that main character can see.” Pearl Cleage

“The symbiotic relationship between reading and writing is a cornerstone of our individual intellectual journey and our educational system. We write as an act of self-expression. We read because language renders unto us the vitality of real and imagined experience.” Marita Golden

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