Quotes For Writers

Writers are different. Not better. Not worse. Just different.

I have come to this conclusion in stages. First, when I was growing up and realized other girls generally didn’t spend hours sitting around making up stories in their head. As a young adult I discovered that most people don’t actually identify the character arc or the story arc or the black moment when reading books or watching movies for entertainment. Who knew?

And then I attended my first writing conference. I looked around and heard other people talk about sitting behind a computer for hours in hopes that one day someone else would enjoy the story they couldn’t get out of their head. There were entire conversations about fictional characters and people who didn’t think it was at all weird to get busted by the UPS man in your pj’s at 2:00pm. I did a little mental happy dance. At last I had found my people! Others who understood.

Dana MermaidSo in tribute to all of the fabulous, just a little bit crazy, writers out there I have compiled a few of my favorite quotes about writers. Please feel free to add your own favorite quotes in the comments. You never know where you’re going to find something that will light up your life, soothe your soul, or inspire that next great story!

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. – John Steinbeck

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow