Shut up and write! Advice from famous authors Writing

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Everyone has trouble writing. We just don’t feel like it sometimes. We can’t come up with good ideas. We can’t find the right words, blah blah blah… (that’s a technical term.) So, here’s some inspiration from amazing writers who are remind us that, just maybe, we’re not alone and writing isn’t so hard after all.


“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

“Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.” – John Updike

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” – Agatha Christie

If you’re not writing because you’re not comfortable writing…

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“You can make anything by writing.” – C.S. Lewis

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

If you’re not writing because you don’t love it as much as writers seem to…

“I hate writing, I love having written.” – Dorothy Parker

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” – Joseph Heller

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you’re not writing, and I’m not going to change your mind with these quotes…

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” – William Faulkner

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” – Samuel Johnson

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King

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