I don't know about you, but sometimes its hard for me to get motivated about my current WIP. And it's not like I'm not prepared! I could have my outline in front of me, my favorite snacks and drinks, my character profiles, and a clear idea of what I want to write about, and still, it can be hard for me to get in the writing zone. In the past, I would push my laptop aside and binge watch t.v. shows on Netflix or Hulu because clearly, it wasn't a good day for writing.
However, recently I've come to learn that being a serious writer means sometimes you need to be disciplined, even if you're not motivated. It does and will happen to even the most experienced writers. Sometimes, you just want to lay on the couch and eat junk food. Or, sometimes you really want to write, but the words just don't seem to be flowing. But, when we push through and write, it's almost always worth it.
How do I push through? I fill my wall with motivational and inspirational writing quotes. I like to keep mine organized, so I use a wire hanging board like this one, but you could also use a regular corkboard like this one. Then I pin (you can use push pins, magnets, or clips) motivational and/or inspirational writing quotes to the board above my writing space/desk area. This has been really helpful because sometimes, I just need a "swift kick in the butt" to get motivated to write and staring at quotes by other authors who have felt the same way I am feeling does just the trick.
Want to start your own quote wall? Below I've compiled a list of twenty motivational and inspirational quotes. Why don't you use this list to get started? Also, if you have any additional quotes that you've found really helpful, be sure to leave them in the comments down below.
Twenty Inspirational & Motivational Quotes By Writers For Writers
- "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison
- "You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write." Saul Bellow
- "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." Franz Kafka
- "A word after a word after a word is power." Margaret Atwood
- "I write to discover what I know." Flannery O'Connor
- "Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good." William Faulkner
- "It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way." Ernest Hemingway
- "It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly." C. J. Cherryh
- "Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer." Barbara Kingsolver
- "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." E. L. Doctorow
- "All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences." Somerset Maugham
- "Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up." Jane Yolen
-“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” William Wordsworth
- “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” Terry Pratchet
- “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Jodi Picoult
- “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." Louis L’Amou
- “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." Anton Chekho
- “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelo
- "A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit." Richard Bac
- “I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it." Chinua Acheb