20 Encouraging Quotes For Writers

We all know that writing can be hard. It’s a process, a journey, and a challenge that can feel overwhelming or discouraging at times.

Want the good news?

You’re not alone. Even famous bestselling authors started at the bottom and had to work their way up. We all have to start somewhere as we are all works-in-progress.

So, enjoy some encouragement and advice from well-loved and well-read authors who, like you, have found writing to be extremely difficult, yet abundantly rewarding.


1. “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” – Allen Ginsberg


3. “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or ten pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” – Lawrence Block

4. “If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!” – D.L. Moody

5. “If I waited for perfection…I would never write a word.” – Margaret Atwood

6. “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.” – Roald Dahl



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

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

10. “The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write.” – Ernest Gaines

11. “Finish the novel. Then write another one. And then, write another one … If you give up after your first book, you were never meant to be an author.” – Ted Dekker



13. “Somebody said that writers are like otters … Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they’ll do a better trick or a different trick because they’d already done that one. And writers tend to be otters.” – Neil Gaiman

14. “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

15. “Don’t disqualify yourself from writing before you even get started. A writer is a person who writes words. The end.” – Jen Hatmaker



17. “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” – Harper Lee

18. “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time–proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan

19. “Write what you need to read.  Write from the passion of your heart and soul.  Write for an audience of One … Jesus.” – Francine Rivers

As authors, and yes, even editors, we’re all in a similar state of being, however, no matter what happens, we all can agree with the last quote on our list:



*Blog quotes compiled and contributed by Little Lamb Books interns Alyssa Roach and Megan Burkhart