Top 10 Writer Quotes About Creativity

Feeling an oncoming spell of writer’s block – or do you just need a kick of encouragement? Either way, we turn to some of our favourite writers for a healthy dose of motivation and inspiration to get your pen on the page again.

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

2. ‘Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.’ – John Steinbeck

3. ‘To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.’ – Joseph Chilton Pearce

4. ‘People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in the back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.’ – Harlan Ellison

5. ‘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 labour, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.’ – Ray Bradbury

6. ‘Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.’ – William Faulkner

7. ‘Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.’ – William Shakespeare

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

9. ‘Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.’ – Jane Yolen

10. ‘First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!’ – Ray Bradbury




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