Favorite Writing Quotes: Inspiration

Happy Wednesday! I’ve paused from doing some edits because frankly my brain is a bit pickled right now. 🙂

Today I was thinking of what it takes to keep going when the writing isn’t happening the way you want. I look at this two ways. With creativity coaching, I help other writers to break out of the patterns and thoughts that can lead to writer’s block and other complications. As a writer, I’ve encountered those same problems myself. Sometimes all that’s needed is a good quote or two. Something to inspire.  Here are a few from Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird.

“Just get it all down on paper, because there may be something great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means.”

“The great writers keep writing about the cold dark place within, the water under a frozen lake or the secluded, camouflaged hole.”

“We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms  you’ve already been in.”

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.”


I hope these quotes inspire you to keep going. To keep writing when you want to give up.





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2 Responses to “Favorite Writing Quotes: Inspiration”

  1. I like the perfection one because God knows, I’m not. Although my husband argues that I wanna be. But I just want that shitty first draft!

  2. Mary, thanks for stopping by. I think most writers have that little critic in there who wants us to be “perfect” even though it’s a sure fire way to create writer’s block within ourselves.

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