Monday, February 12, 2018

10 FABULOUS WRITING QUOTES // thought-provoking + relatable

Pinterest is great for writers. It's a wonderful source of prompts to spark your next great story. It's the home of hundreds of pictures of models - and just random people - to use for character inspiration. It contains links to countless writing articles that have proved beyond helpful to me. And then there are quotes. Encouraging quotes. Relatable quotes. Hilarious quotes. So many quotes that you couldn't possibly name them all.

For today's post, I've weeded out ten of the most awesome writing quotes I've stumbled across whilst procrastinating on scrolling through Pinterest.

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

It can paint an odd picture in the mind, but when you think about it, isn't this pretty accurate?? So many times I sit down at my computer thinking, "Imma SLAY these 1,000 words," and five minutes later all I've written is "the."

Sometimes the words flow smoothly, and sometimes I might as well be an amputee trying to color inside the lines and not choke on my crayon in the process.

Writers aren't exactly people... They're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

No, we're not talking about Split here (a movie I never want to see. EVER. *shudders*). We're talking about characters. Isn't it amazing how there can be multiple books written by the same writer, and yet each one is about A VERY DIFFERENT PERSON? When you think about it, writers know their main characters so well that they kind of ARE their main characters. O.O

It's like having 23 personalities all at once, with a frightening new 24th about to come out...

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~ Maya Angelou

Hence all these ominous stories we hear in the paper about plot bunnies swarming poor writers like locusts, then whisking them away into fresh new adventures. Except... the writers usually haven't even finished their previous adventure, so it isn't long before they find themselves agonizing over something else entirely - a multitude of stories, and NOT ENOUGH TIME TO JUGGLE THEM ALL.

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~ Toni Morrison

You know what frustrates me? That there are literally, like, zero clean YA Peter Pan retellings out there. This world... it's so broken and twisted...

You see, Peter Pan is my all-time favorite fairy tale (it counts as one, okay??). You can imagine, then, how annoyed I am about this:

Me @ all the smutty Peter Pan retellings

BUT, I agree wholeheartedly with this quote and am therefore in the midst of writing a fairy tale retelling with Peter Pan in it. *whispers hopefully* My baby is going to do big things when it grows up.

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. ~ Franz Kafka

I love this quote because I know I'd strongly feel this way if I tried to stop writing. I have to add, though... aren't ALL writers, both non-writing writers and writing writers, courting insanity?? Because I confess I often feel like I am, and I write at least a little almost every day. :/

^^^ Typo: it's Maya, not Mary :P

Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. ~ Holley Gerth

I don't know if I've ever tried to scare myself with my writing. Goodness, I don't even really know what that means for me. I want to be brave, go out on a limb, etc., but I guess I haven't figured it out yet? Exactly?

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. ~ Robert Cormier

This quote makes me extremely thankful for the firstness of first drafts. Imagine if it was UNHEARD OF to edit a first draft, or rewrite a story. What if you had one shot, and that was it? The story get released to the world as it is.

Yiiiikes. O.o

This quote also makes me greatly admire the bravery and skill of brain surgeons.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~ William Wordsworth

This one makes me think of the heart we put into our writing - the blood, sweat, and tears we pour into our WIPs because not only do we want to write a story, but we want to write a GOOD story. A story that hits home with our readers.

We want our stories to have a heart, so we give them ours.

You can't blame a writer for what the characters say. ~ Truman Capote

Why? Because sometimes when we write, our characters end up doing things we didn't plan on them doing, or saying things we didn't plan on them saying. I mean, what if their behavior ruins their arc, or several scenes we had planned, or the ending, OR THE WHOLE STORY??? We can't have that, so we glare at them like, "Stop ignoring me... OR ELSE."

And our characters be like, "Lol, that's cute."

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious. ~ Christina Katz

The method to becoming better at writing is simple: Just keep writing. And you see, I find that incredible, because even though it's hard to sit down and type out a story, the bare bones of the process is really not that complicated. You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another... (another fabulous quote...) Then, once you get into the swing of things, you find that you don't want to stop.

~ Lila Kims

Which of these quotes is your favorite?
What is another quote you would add to the list?
Let's chat in the comments!


  1. These are all soooo good. I love it.<3 Thank you for sharing.

    1. I love them too! You're welcome, Faith. <3 Thanks for commenting!

  2. These are great!! I love all of them. honestly. One of my favorites is, "Write like it matters and it will." I have so many favorite quotes.

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

    1. Ooooh, yes, I love that quote too!! And same, girl, THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES. :D

  3. XD The crayon one. And the Toni Morrison one. I love that quote--and it's one of the reasons I started writing actually. Maybe I'll write a post about that...

    As usual, friend, amazing post. Character be like 'lol' to me all the time.

    1. That's so cool! And ooh, yes, do that post... xD

      Aw, thanks so much! <3 Characters sometimes. *shakes heads*

  4. If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~ Toni Morrison

    That's kind of a little bit one of the top reasons why I write....

    One of my favorite quotes is by Peter De Vries: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

    1. Honestly SAME.

      Wow, that's a good one! Kinda reminds me of the one where it says something like, "If you wait to be inspired, you'll never write a word." Or something like that. xD

  5. These are all really good ones! I'm so with you on the smutty Peter Pan retellings, it drives me nuts.

    1. I love them so much!

      *high five* Stupid smutty Peter Pan retellings... Drives me nuts too!!!

  6. Hmmmm, yes, I sympathesize with that first quote. Good heavens that's what I feel like when I try to write a scene - it ALWAYS works out much better in my head.

    I have that Maya Angelou quote on my blog :) It's currently at the bottom of my sidebar.

    I'm not sure if I 100% agree with the second to last quote - there are some times when we should blame the writer (especially if there is an obscene part in the book). After all, the author is the interpreter and he doesn't have to translate the swear words, etc.

    I love every other quote in here though! Awesome post, Lila!


    1. I know, right?? It can frustrating at times!

      WAIT. WAIT. WAIT. MAYA??? How did I get her name wrong???? *screams* NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

      Oh, yes, I absolutely do not agree about THAT side of it. Didn't think of that. :P I interpret the quote in terms of arcs and the big picture and all that jazz. ^.^ Definitely agree with you, though. *nodnod*

      Thank you, Catherine!

  7. Ah, the smutty peter pan re-tellings... *pukes* Why?

    Your book is going to be so amazing!!

    I loved all of these. ^_^

    1. *pukes with you* Whhhhyyyy???

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I hope it will be. :D

      Aren't they great quotes??!! xD

  8. "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."—Maya Angelou —This is so true!!
    This one is also inspiring, and one of my favorites: "I will write until not a single word remains in my soul...Until every story in my heart has been told...Until my mind's well of ideas is bone dry...and even then I will write on because writing is not just something I do but part of who I am."—I don't know who wrote this, but it's awesome!
    Thanks for this thought provoking, and very much inspiring post! <3

    1. Okay, so... WOWZERS. That quote is just... *sits back in chair* That is incredible. Thanks for SO sharing that!!

      I'm so glad this post was inspiring to you, LHE! Thank YOU for reading and commenting! <3

    2. I hadn't read it for a while, and when I found it, I had to share it. Isn't it?
      You're welcome! :D
      You have no idea. My mind's still reeling. xD I always enjoy reading your posts, and I can't leave without leaving a little message! <3

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    1. They are great! And that means a lot to me, Ms. Baldwin. Thank you!

  10. I've used a lot of these quotes in The Order of the Pen meetings. They're all so great and 100% true! Thanks for putting them all in one place for us to enjoy!

    1. That's so cool! They're indeed awesome. :D

      You're welcome, Sarah!!

  11. The Toni Morrison, Holley Gerth, and William Wordsworth ones are my favorites. But all of them were EXTREMELY INSPIRING, so thanks for doing this post. :D I've actually planned to do a post similar to this coming up... next week, actually. Great minds think alike!

    One of my favorite writing quotes is actually from a fairly recently published book! "But it was a generally understood rule among writers that the most brilliant ideas came only when one was not within reach of pen and paper." - Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano. TRUTH, YES?

    Also, I absolutely love what you said about the William Wordsworth quote: 'We want our stories to have a heart, so we give them ours.' Can THAT be my new favorite writing quote? :D

    1. I love those ones too, because they are so deep and powerful! Ooooh, really?? I can't wait!!! GREAT MINDS. xD

      Oh goodness, I LOVE that quote! TRUTH INDEED. *hurriedly looks up book* :D

      You liked that?? *grins* Of COURSE it can be your new favorite! ;D

  12. These were all so weird and biz yet surprisingly true. I really love the quote by Holley Gerth, that one just speaks to me for some reason *shrugs*

    Thanks for sharing! :D

    1. That's what I thought too, which is why I chose them. I like weird and biz. *nodnod* And hey, that one speaks to me too, though I can't quite decipher what exactly it's saying... lol! :D

      Thank YOU for reading, Emrys!

  13. This is great, Lila! :D And there definitely do need to be more good Peter Pan retellings!!! (It definitely counts.)

    1. Thanks, Clare! And YES, CLEAN PETER PAN FOR THE WIN!!! :D


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