Heal My Voice Author and Board Member
One of the tools that has helped me to develop as a writer and to support others in getting their words flowing is to have a toolbox of various writing prompts. A writing prompt simply consists of an idea, word, image, phrase or set of instructions to help you jumpstart your writing. You may want to use a prompt on the days when you just can’t seem to get the words flowing or you may wish to work with writing prompts as a part of your regular writing practice.
One of my favorite type of writing prompts are quotes. When looking for inspiration, I look for a quote on a specific topic or theme, such as love, peace or leadership or I may gather as many quotes as I can on that topic and put them all together on one sheet. Later, I cut them up and put them in my idea box, post them around or save them in a ziploc baggie for future use. Sometimes when looking for a prompt for the Heal My Voice Chrysalis House weekly writing circle, I will bring a bag of quotes; participants will pick one randomly and then explore what inspiration comes from the quote for their writing that day.
I have found that as a writer, it’s essential to have a variety of tools in your toolbox. I find quotes to be a great tool for getting my ideas and words flowing. And, one of my favorite things to do is read quotes by other writers to help me gain insight into the art of writing and the experience of being a writer. Here are 30 quotes by writers to inspire and ignite your writing:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“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
“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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~ Stephen King
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ~ Saul Bellow
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~ Anais Nin
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~ Louis L’Amour
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ~ Anne Frank
“A word after a word after a word is power.” ~ Margaret Atwood
“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” ~ Virginia Wolf
“Tears are words that need to be written.” ~ Paulo Coehlo
“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” ~ Meg Cabot
“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ~ Anais Nin
“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” ~ Albert Camus
“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~ James A. Michener
“Write what should not be forgotten.” ~ Isabel Allende
“I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.” ~ Louisa May Alcott
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” ~ Emily Dickinson
“Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.” ~ Muriel Rukeyser
“Instructions for living a life:
tell about it” ~ Mary Oliver
“Revision is not going back and fussing around, but going forward into the highly complex and satisfying process of creation” ~ Mary Sarton
“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.” ~ Amy Tan
“If you’re going to write a good book, you have to make mistakes and you have to not be so cautious all the time.” ~ Zadie Smith
It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about. ~ L. P. Hartley
My aim is to put down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it. ~ Ernest Hemingway
“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
I hope you’ll take some time to explore working with quotes as a writing prompt. And, if you have any favorite quotes by writers that you would like to share, please drop us a note in the comments below.
Beth Terrence is a Shaman, Holistic Health & Wellness Expert, Speaker and Writer. She has been working in the field of Holistic Healing and Transformation for over 18 years. This path evolved from her own healing journey through fibromyalgia and the impact of trauma on her life. Beth found that by taking a holistic approach to life and well-being, she was able to achieve of a state of happiness and wholeness that she never imagined was possible. Her mission is to support others in cultivating a heart-centered, balanced and joyful life through discovering the healer within.
Writing has always been one of Beth’s greatest passions. Since childhood, she has written poetry and kept a journal. Participating in a Heal My Voice project opened the door to Beth stepping forward in the world as a writer. Her stories are featured in Inspired Voices: True Stories of Visionary Women and Harmonic Voices: True Stories Of Women On The Path To Peace. Beth joined the Heal My Voice board of directors in May 2013. Additionally, she is the lead facilitator and program developer for a Heal My Voice program that brings writing and creativity to women in addiction recovery at Chrysalis House in Crownsville, MD.
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