A new year has ticked around, and today, in cities and towns all around the world, millions of writers are clocking in. There’s not a punch clock at every workplace, but writers are clocking in nonetheless.
They are returning to their desks, dusting off their keyboards, and yes, a few are even sharpening their pencils.
They are ready to face another day in the writing life. But this is not just any old day at the office. For each writer, …
So here’s to writers everywhere… to the writing life, and all that we are going to achieve in 2017!
Let’s kick off the new year with these inspirational quotations on the writing life. They’re from some famous writers who know our profession very well.
“The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I would desire to have no other prison than a library, and to be chained together with as many good authors.” ~ Robert Burton
“I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland
“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~ James Michener
“That’s very nice if they want to publish you, but don’t pay too much attention to it. Just continue to write.” ~ Natalie Goldberg
“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” ~ Isaac Asimov
“I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” ~ Anne Tyler
“Kill the idea of the lone, suffering artist. Don’t make it any harder on yourself.” ~ Natalie Goldberg
“If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.” ~ R.A. Salvatore
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~ Gloria Steinem
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~ Anaïs Nin
“The only thing more tormenting than writing is not writing.” ~ Cynthia Ozick
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” ~ Isaac Asimov
“The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning.” ~ Anne Tyler
“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” ~ Neil Gaiman
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ~ Stephen King
“It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.” ~ Sinclair Lewis
“If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets
more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older he gets, the better he writes.”
~ Mickey Spillane
[Ed’s Note: please feel free to substitute “she” for “he”]
“I believe that you either love the work or the rewards. Life is a lot easier if you love the work.” ~ Jane Smiley
“When I sit down at my writing desk, time seems to vanish. I think it’s a wonderful way to spend one’s life.” ~ Erica Jong
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Also, I’d love to see your comments below. Which was your favorite quote? Do you know of any other good quotations on the writing life?