If writing is what you think about when you envision a purposeful life...
If it makes you feel whole and complete, and it's something you think you'll always want to do regardless of how much money you have in the bank...then writing is your destiny, and something you should be pursuing with the intensity of a thousand suns.
But on the days when you have sat in front of the screen for hours and are blinking back tears and frustration, (because everything you have written today was rubbish and needs deleting), and you haven't seen the light of day in three weeks - it's hard to remember what all the pain is for, exactly.
In those times, you'll need this post. It will help you to express why it writing is worthwhile to the people around you, and even to yourself at times. It will also help you to remember your writing won't only serve you, but the world. Here are some inspiring quotes from writers throughout the ages to aid you on your creative journey.
1. Let's start with my childhood idol, Mr R. L. Stine:
People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’
I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.
2. Then there's this from philosopher Victor Frankl:
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life.
He knows the ‘why’ for his existence will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’
3. Then this amazing quote from Jeff Brown:
"So many live their lives feeling unloved, unseen, unrecognised, unappreciated.
You may not know who they're because we're all conditioned to hide our truth below a bushel of shame. But they're everywhere.
When you make an effort to share your love, you don’t always know where it will land. But be sure that it does. Sometimes it lights a torch for others to follow. Sometimes it gives them reason to believe there's a better life waiting for them after a lifetime of disappointment. Sometimes it builds spirits and sometimes it actually saves lives.
We just have to keep giving the love wherever and whenever we can.
You never know how far it will travel."
4. This one from Carl Sagan:
What an astonishing thing a book is.
It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.
Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.
Books break the shackles of time.
A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
5. And my personal favourite, from J.D. Salinger:
"When was writing ever your profession? It’s never been anything but your religion. Never.
I’m a little overexcited now. Since it is your religion, do you know what you'll be asked when you die? But let me tell you first what you won’t be asked.
You won’t be asked if you were working on a wonderful, moving piece of writing when you died. You won’t be asked if it was long or short, sad or funny, published or unpublished. You won’t be asked if you were in good or bad form while you were working on it. You won’t even be asked if it was the one piece of writing you'd have been working on if you'd known your time would be up when it was finished.
I’m so sure you’ll only get asked two questions. Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?
If only you knew how easy it would be for you to say yes to both questions."
- "[Writers] don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it." - R.L.Stine
- "He knows the ‘why’ for his existence will be able to bear almost any ‘how." - Victor Frankl
- "We just have to keep giving the love wherever and whenever we can." - Jeff Brown
- "A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." - Carl Sagan
- "When was writing ever your profession? It’s never been anything but your religion. Never." - J. D. Salinger
- "Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?" - J. D. Salinger
Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post: