For our members in the North and South Carolina area, there’s a Christian Writing Conference near Greenville, SC coming up very soon. Write2Ignite! Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at North Greenville University. For more information, check out the Write2Ignite! website.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good quote. It can motivate me, make me smile, or even get me back on the right track.

And there are a LOT of incredible writing quotes out there – by the famous and not so famous. Ones to inspire us. Ones that make us groan. Ones that make something come into focus. And I don’t know about you – but I could certainly use some of that.

So, here are some of MY favorites. Feel free to share your own in the comments.


“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

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“No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.”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

“I love being a writer.  What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” Peter De Vries

“Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we?” Terri Guillemets

Which of these quotes are your favorites? Do you have a writing quote to share?

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