Inspiring Writers’ Quotes

Janet Grant

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Writing books takes lots of courage, perseverance, and creativity. As a result, writers need to head to the well of inspiration on a regular basis. Authorial quotes are plastered on refrigerators and bathroom mirrors and frame computer screens.

Today let’s share inspiration. In the comments section, tell us which quotes have been mainstays for you or a new one that’s reknindled your resolve.

In honor of Memorial Day, offer up a quote or two from an author who has passed on.don't panic post-it

Both of my mainstays are instructive. One of them is from the genius writer Mark Twain.

 God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by.

The other is by a fellow whose writing advice is more famous than he is:

Murder your darlings.

And here’s a brief description of the maxim creator and the quote’s context:

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch wrote the phrase in his widely reprinted 1913-1914 Cambridge lectures  “On the Art of Writing.” In his 1914 lecture “On Style,” he said, while railing against “extraneous Ornament”:

If you here require a practical rule of me, I will present you with this: ‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.

Now, what are your favorite writerly quotes?

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