Maggie Jankuloska
July 05, 2013 6:00 pm

Writers write because they need to write – it’s an urge and it’s a calling that is bigger than them. While writing my novel, I have discovered things about myself I thought long-forgotten. I have discovered what I’ve missed and what I long for in my own life, through my own characters. While the world sleeps, I produce magic through words since writers can make ghosts live once again. Writers – no matter how talented – are often full of doubt because they are bearing their soul to thousands and like all people, they want to be loved. Here are some of my favourite and motivational quotes on writing. If you are a writer, remember the road ahead can be treacherous yet encouraging, and around every bend there is a lesson to be learned and the first lesson is: don’t give up.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

The secret of being a writer: not to expect others to value what you’ve done as you value it. Not to expect anyone else to perceive in it the emotions you have invested in it. Once this is understood, all will be well.” – Joyce Carol Oates

The first thing a writer has to do is find another source of income. Then, after you have begged, borrowed, stolen or saved up the money to give you time to write and you spend all of it staying alive while you write, and you write your heart out, after all that, maybe no one will publish it, and if they publish it, maybe no one will read it. That is the hard truth, that is what it means to be a writer.” – Ellen Gilchrist

If you have that unconquerable urge to write, nothing will stop you from writing.” – Theodore Dreiser

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between, he does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it’s our job to invent something better.” – Chuck Palahniuk

There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

I write because I would like to live forever. The fact of my future death offends me. Part of this derives from my sense of my own insignificance in the universe. My life and death are a barely momentary flicker. I would like to become more than that. That the people and things I love will die wounds me as well. I seek to immortalize the world I have found and made for myself, even knowing that I won’t be there to witness that immortality, mine or my work’s, that by definition I will never know whether my endeavor has been successful. But when has impossibility ever deterred anyone from a cherished goal? As the brilliant poet and teacher Alvin Feinman once said to me, “Poetry is always close kin to the impossible, isn’t it?”  -Reginald Shepherd

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” – Ernest Hemingway

Writers write because they cannot allow the characters that inhabit them to suffocate them. These characters want to get out, to breathe fresh air and partake of the wine of friendship; were they to remain locked in, they would forcibly break down the walls. It is they who force the writer to tell their stories.” – Elie Wiesel

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” – Ernest Hemingway

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” – Graham Greene

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E..L Doctorow

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Share your own inspiring mantras below.

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