Monday Motivation- Writing Quotes

Mondays are great. They’re a fresh start to a new week, a chance to begin something new after a relaxing weekend. But usually they’re not. Sometimes Mondays are just annoying and we need an extra push to get back into the swing of things. That’s why I bring you Monday Motivation. In this edition some of my favorite quotes to get the inspiration flowing.

Why we write:

“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” –Anaïs Nin

“Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude.” –Jonathan Franzen

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –Maya Angelou

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

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only different between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” –Neil Gaiman

“I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh


A writing life:

“Just keep writing! Who cares if it’s Saturday, or if you left your laptop at home, or if you’re around people? Just write one word, one line, jot down one idea. No matter how little you write, it’s moment in the right direction. Forward. Toward completion.” –Tammy Ferebee

“I know, not everyone will like what I write, but writing is not about trying to please everybody.” –E.A. Bucchianeri

“I am a writer because I write, an author because I create, a poet because the words are in my soul.” –Wesley D. Gray

“By writing, we partake in something greater than ourselves. Pick up pen and paper or take a seat at your computer today and create something of beauty.” –Rob Bignell

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose…not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” –Anne Sullivan Macy

“A love of writing is far greater than any word count.” –Molly Looby

“If you have other things in your life¾family, friends, good productive day work¾these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.” –David Brin

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” –Ray Bradbury

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” –Thomas Mann

“Writing is lonely. Until that moment you write your first character and suddenly you have company.” –Eliza Green

“If at first you don’t succeed—write more!” –Nikki Bee Williams

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” –Samuel Johnson.

“Start before you’re ready.” –Steven Pressfield

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach

“The desire to write grows with writing.” –Desiderius Erasmus

“Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me.” –Jhumpa Lahiri


In the act of writing:

“Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” –Pearl S. Buck

“This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” –Neil Gaiman

“You never know what you are going to write until you start writing.” –Bangambiki Habyarimana

“If you want to write, just write anything that comes into your mind. You will be surprised at how you can force inspiration to stand on your side.” –Bangambiki Habyarimana

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” –Anne Lamott

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” –Ernest Hemingway

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” –Somerset Maugham

“It’s perfectly okay to write garbage¾as long as you edit brilliantly.”- C.J. Cherryh

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.” –Ray Bradbury

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.” –Elmore Leonard

“If something isn’t working, if you have a story that you’ve build and it’s blocked and you can’t figure it out, take your favorite scene, or your very best idea or set-piece, and cut it. It’s brutal, but sometimes inevitable.” –Joss Whedon

“The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning.” –Anne Tyler

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” –E.L. Doctorow

“Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time.” –Leonard Bernstein

“Inspiration is the guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” – Pyotr Tchaikovsky

“Amatuers sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” –Stephen King

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” –Peter De Vries

“If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” – Dan Poynter


Stay tuned for more Monday Motivation posts—next time: Author Success Stories.


I’m looking for contributors for the following posts:

If you run a blog I want to feature yours in the list of our alumni blogs and possibly ask you a few questions on how you run it, and any opportunities that have come from your site.

DEAR SOARING!: Send me your questions to be featured on the blog. Other alumni will help in answering your questions.

The Many Jobs after the MFA: I want to hear what you do for a living! What has your MFA done for you career. Let’s see how diverse our Spalding family is.

Where in the World: Where have you gone recently? Send me a picture with information on your trip and any writing you may have done about the trip.

Creating Characters: Let’s round up some times on creative realistic characters for our writing. I want to share your tips.

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Mackenzie Jervis is a Summer 2016 Graduate. She lives in Texas with her husband, two cats, and puppy. She has way too many books, more cameras than she knows how to properly use, and a never ending need to keep moving. She write about her life and adventures at home and around the world at A Wandering Scribbler.

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