Inspire Your Writing

The celebrated author of The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery shared wonderful wisdom about the writing life

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Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) was the author of such legendary classics as the novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as the iconic short story, “The Lottery.” Here are six fantastic quotes from Ms. Jackson to inspire your writing!

1. I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when you sit down at your desk and pick up your pen and finish writing when you put down your pen again; a writer is always writing, seeing everything through a thin mist of words, fitting swift little descriptions to everything he sees, always noticing.


Inspire Your Writing

The author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day has wonderful insights about the creative life

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Kazuo Ishiguro (born in 1954) is the highly acclaimed author of the novels Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. Here are five wonderful quotes to ignite some inspiration for your writing today!

1. Don’t take on a creative project lightly.

This is such a great thing to remember about your creative projects, and it’s especially true of novels. When you embark on a novel project, it’s going to be a part of your life day in and day out for months, possibly years. The ones you’re truly passionate about you stick with through five drafts, ten drafts, but the ones you don’t care about as much that you jumped into prematurely? …


Inspire Your Writing

The legendary author has given us fantastic advice about writing

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John Irving (born in 1942) is the beloved author of The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The World According to Garp. Here are six excellent quotes from Mr. Irving to help you write your novel!

1. The building of the architecture of a novel — the craft of it — is something I never tire of.

People go into writing novels for different reasons. Some have one particular story to tell. Some want to be novelists for life. Some want to make money. Some want to throw their creativity at something and see what might work. Novels are written in lots of different ways, but if you want to make a career of being a novelist, it’s important to fall in love with the process, not the end result. …


Inspire Your Writing

The author of The Outsiders has given us some wonderful wisdom about writing

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S.E. Hinton (born in 1948) is the beloved author of The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, and Tex. Here are six wonderful quotes from Ms. Hinton to inspire your writing!

1. My characters are fictional. I get ideas from real people, sometimes, but my characters always exist only in my head.

Something difficult about writing when it comes to the creation and development of your characters is making sure always that the characters are fictional and aren’t examples of real life people put directly on the page. You don’t want to embarrass anyone who might read your work in the future. …


Inspire Your Writing

The famous suspense writer has given us fantastic advice about writing

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Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) is the acclaimed author of such psychological thrillers as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. She also published the first lesbian novel with a happy ending, The Price of Salt, which was adapted into the 2015 film, Carol. Here are six insightful quotes about writing Ms. Highsmith shared with us throughout the years!

1. My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.

There’s something to be said about not isolating yourself too much as a writer. If you never spend time with friends and family, if you stay by yourself all the time, ultimately you might become emotionally and physically unhealthy, and your work might even suffer because of those unhealthy habits. …


Inspire Your Writing

The famous author has given us tremendous wisdom about writing

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Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) was the world-famous author of The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea. Here are six of his fantastic quotes to inspire your writing!

1. It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything.

There’s something to be said for writing every day and even writing a long, long time every day if you want, but eventually you do need to step away from the desk and do something else, anything else. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here is some wise advice from the bestselling author

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John Grisham (born in 1955) is the bestselling author of The Firm, The Client, The Runaway Jury, and A Time to Kill. Here are six of his wonderful quotes that will help inspire your writing!

1. I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first story had I not been a lawyer. I never dreamed of being a writer. I wrote only after witnessing a trial.

Some writers write because they feel compelled to. Because to not write is like death to the soul. …


Inspire Your Writing

Keep these quotes from the amazing Neil Gaiman in the back of your mind while you draft

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Neil Gaiman (born in 1960) is the bestselling author of such wonderful novels as American Gods, The Graveyard Book, and Stardust.

Here are a dozen of his quotes to help you write your novel!

1. Rule one, you have to write. If you don’t write, nothing will happen.

This quote should be plastered to the corner of your laptop or computer screen. It should be plastered to every corner of your screen. It should be plastered to every corner of the your writing room, honestly! Because this is one of the big truths about writing. You can talk about it all you want, you can dream about your stories, but nothing will happen until you put your butt in the chair and write. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here is some helpful advice from the author of the Outlander series

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Diana Gabaldon (born in 1952) is the hugely popular author of the Outlander series. Here are five fantastic quotes she’s shared over the years to help you with your writing!

1. When I turned 35, I thought, ‘Mozart was dead at 36, so I set the bar: I’m going to start writing a book on my next birthday.’ I thought historical fiction would be easiest because I was a university professor and know my way around a library, and it seemed easier to look things up than make them up.

So many of us think we’ve missed our chances, our opportunities, if we haven’t been published by thirty, or thirty-five, or forty, or whatever random age you’ve designated for yourself. When I started writing fiction at twenty-five, I had a five-year goal. I wanted to be a traditionally published author by the time I hit thirty. At minimum I wanted a publishing deal by thirty. And here I am, thirty-six years old, twenty-one novel manuscripts under my belt and some writing successes here and there but still no publishing deal and certainly no books on shelves yet. Does this make me sad? Sometimes. But at the end of the day you need to step back and look at the larger picture. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here are some useful quotes from one of our finest authors

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) is the legendary author behind such classics as The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and This Side of Paradise.

Here are five fantastic quotes he shared with us about writing!

1. All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

This quote is kind of amazing. I feel like I’ve heard it before, and I didn’t until now know it was attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald. It sounds funny at first, but the man is really telling the truth here. …

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