Useful Tips for Emerging Writers

Creative writing can be as difficult as it is easy. We have compiled quotes from famous writers to encourage emerging writers on their writing journey.

“Writing is a love affair not a solitary pleasure. You can write about anything you like but there must be a connection between you and the material.” ― Jeanette Winterson

“First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.” ― Tara Moss

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” ― Maya Angelou

“A person’s ability to communicate and connect through story allows the reader to see themselves, or to see something they’ve never considered” ― Candy Bowers.

“It is entirely normal – in fact, it is entirely right – to feel despair during the writing process.” ― Kathryn Hughes

“Strong prose and a clever idea is not enough. Writing should move a reader. And if your writing doesn’t move you, it certainly isn’t going to move anyone else.” ― Sonia Orchard

“The worst way to bring characters to life is to describe what they look like” ― John Marsden

“A rejection or a bad review are part of a writer’s life” ― Alison Stuart

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