Writing Quotes

What are you read reading this week? I’m reading Detective for the Innocent by J. H. McCarthy

I like to search out and read different writers. But before I read their works, I look for quotes from them. It helps me see their prose and understand their motivations most times. The quotes also help keep me motivated.
Here are a couple of my favorites:

“Go beyond yourself — write.”
― Pearle Louise Munn Bishop

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
Anne Frank

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

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

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath    

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
Robert Frost

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Henry David Thoreau

I hope these quotes have motivated you like they do me. I’m off to work on my book. Remember on days you are struggling to put words to the paper, seek out other authors in person, on the internet or in a book. You’ll be amazed how fast your inspiration and creative muse jump out at you. Enjoy your weekend.


Please share some of your favorite quotes here:

About Marian Lanouette

Marian grew up in Brooklyn. As one of ten children, when she wanted to travel she read and escaped to faraway places. Every morning from an early age she read the Daily News sensational stories on the latest crimes. Marian pens the Jake Carrington Thriller Series, and the third book, All the Pretty Brides, was a 2019 finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Marian lives in New England with her husband. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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2 Responses to Writing Quotes

  1. Thanks, Marian. Great post. Mark Twain is my favorite.

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