Are You Writing the Next Great Novel?

November is known in writers’ circles as NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, in which writers try to write 50,000 words, or the length of a novel, in a month. Get yourself pepped up to write more of your novel with our writing quotes.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an unwritten story inside you.” –Maya Angelou

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway

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

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” –Madeline L’Engle

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

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” –Anais Nin

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” –Jack Kerouac

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” –Sylvia Plath

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” –Virginia Woolf

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” –Robert Frost

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” –Ray Bradbury

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” –Stephen King

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekhov

“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” –Phillip Pullman

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

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” –E.L. Doctorow

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” –Anne Frank

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” –W. Somerset Maugham

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” –William Wordsworth

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