There’s no doubt about it, writing can be hard. Often we just need a little extra motivation to jump start our creativity or give us a push to help get us over the latest hurdle. Sometimes that can come in the form of rereading our favorite book, watching our favorite inspirational movie, or brainstorming with friends.

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Here are some quotes to help inspire you to keep writing. Copy your favorite onto a sticky note and tack it up over your work desk, or put it on your laptop for some extra inspiration when things get tough.

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” – Herman Melville

“All good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott

“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 labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.” – Ray Bradbury

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” – William Faulkner

“If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after the other until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman

“I hate writing, I love having written.” – Dorothy Parker

“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 Butler

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour

What are your favorite inspirational quotes?

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