Writing that book? Good for you! Need some words of encouragement? We’ve been there too. We got you. Read these quotes from amazing female authors and get back to the page!
20 Motivational Writing Quotes From Female Authors
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
“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 E. Butler
“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood
“Writing is a delicious agony.” — Gwendolyn Brooks
“Writing is always a process of discovery—I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story.” — Kim Edwards
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” — J. K. Rowling
“If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.” — Lillian Hellman
“Writers live twice.” — Natalie Goldberg
“Instead of following the rules without regard for whether they’re making our writing effective or not, we often need to question the rules. To write with style, we need at times to break the rules.” — Donna Gorrell
“If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe to yourself and your readers, and to your writing itself, is to become wonderful. To become the best writer you can possibly be.” — Theodora Goss
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” — Anne Lamott
“I start with a question. Then try to answer it.” — Mary Lee Settle
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” — Madeleine L’Engle
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” — Natalie Goldberg
“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” — Barbara Kingsolver
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” — Joan Didion
“Funny isn’t it? The power of story.
It’s why I picked up a pen.
I slay monsters, too.” — Kameron Hurley
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” — Emily Dickinson
“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.” — Dorothy Parker