I love a good quote. It’s amazing what just the right words can do: make you smile, laugh, think, cry, or even change your life.

Of course, many of my favorite “quotes” are from the Bible, but there are other folks who have good stuff to say too. So, I thought I’d share some of them with you today – on writing.

Firstly – the quotation I chose as my motivational writing quote a few months ago (which some, apparently, find depressing LOL – different strokes, apparently!).

“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” Junot Diaz

And a few others:

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Mark Twain

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” Arthur Polotnik

“No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.” Russell Lynes

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” G.K. Chesterton

“Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all.” Franklin P. Adams

“The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.”  Jules Renard

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” E.B. White

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Laurie Anderson

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” Octavia Butler

So, which of these quotes did you like/appreciate/relate to most? Do you have another you’d like to share?

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