17 Quotes on Writing To Inspire You


I don’t have any close friends who are writers, but my friends are determined to reach their goals in business or in their personal lives. For me, that’s the most important thing in my personal development is to be surrounded by people like that. 

If you’re like me (without a lot of writer friends), then maybe you find encouragement in how authors talk about the craft, mindset, and lifestyle of the writer. 

You might have seen some of these before, but here are 17 of my favorite quotes on writing. 


  1. — William C. .Burton


  1.  — Robert Stuberg


  1.  — H. G. Wells


  1.  — Nathaniel Hawthorne


  1.  – Harold Ramis 


  1. – Walter Dean Myers


  1. – P.D. James


  1. – Oscar Wilde


  1. – Susan Sontag


  1.  – Anne Lamott


  1. – Anne Rice


  1. – James Stephens


  1. – Seth Godin


  1. – Stephen Pressfield


  1. – Erica Jong


  1. – James Joyce

  1. – Ray Bradbury

I’m intentionally keeping this post much shorter than usual. Although I’m a fast writer, and never want to spend over two hours a week on my blog, this week I’m trying to spend my time reading and writing as much as possible. I’m working on two novels now: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King and In Cold Blood by Mark Dawson. 

If you’ve never heard of Mark Dawson before, it’s about time you read one of his novels (if you enjoy fast-paced action-suspense books). I have been flying through the novel, and when I’m not reading it, I find myself daydreaming about it. 

Question(s) of the day: What is your favorite quote on writing? And what book(s) are you reading now?


  1. I really liked Stephen Kings reference to rewriting.

    “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

    For me the first draft always, and I mean always, ends up a bloated beast. It needs trimming down before releasing, which is why I find the quote memorable. I keep every draft, I never completely get rid of everything. But I do find myself cutting large sections which I was reasonably happy with during the first draft.

    In answer to the question of what I am reading it is ‘A Game Of Thrones’. A really good engaging read.

    • bdschmitt

      August 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Hey Joseph, I love that quote too! It’s so hard to me to kill my darlings too — great reminder! I remember when I was about 15 and it was my first time needing to cut over 20 pages in a book I was writing… it took the entire day to work up the courage to do it.

      I wish I could say it’s gotten easier over the years!

  2. I like this one from Mark Twain that I came across recently, “One should never use exclamation points in writing. It is like laughing at your own joke.” BTW… Did you mean Erica Jong?

    • bdschmitt

      August 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      I love that one too! And haha, yes, I did. You’re living up to the quote “No compulsion in the world is stronger than the urge to edit someone else’s document.” 😉 Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. When talking about writing first, edit later author Cecil Castellucci says it best: “The best flowers are fertilized by crap.”

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