10 Encouraging Quotes on Writing

"Be an encourager", said author Roy T. Bennett. "When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavors."

Writing is hard work. We all struggle with criticism, self-doubt, the fear to start writing, the fear of finishing a long project. I am afraid we writers already have a voice in our minds that is always trying to undermine our confidence, no matter how careful we are in our work. Most of us are in no way complacent about it. So, are we in need of judges? I do not think so.

I definitely believe in encouragement more than in criticism or judgement. With this in mind, in today's post I have gathered 10 encouraging quotes by well-known creators, most of them writers, but also a painter, a singer, and a physicist:

1. "I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all." Source: “In the Words of E. B. White: Quotations from America's Most Companionable of Writers,” Cornell University Press, 2011, p. 209.

2. Margaret Atwood in a letter addressed to trainees joining her online masterclass: "Fear not: every 'famous' novelist has been on the same path." Coming soon there will be an article dedicated to this letter on Blogged Pages.

3. Ray Bradbury in an interview with "Writer's Digest" in 1976: "Don't talk about it; write."

4. "You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing." Doris Lessing in an interview with "The New York Times" published on April 22, 1984.

5. Famously attributed to artist Wassily Kandinsky: "Everything starts from a dot." As found in "Words of Art: Inspiring Quotes from the Masters," Simon and Schuster, 2012.

6. The whole quote says: "Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.” Source: "A Faulkner Perspective," The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1976.

7. For further reading, check out my article on Virginia Woolf's "A Sketch of the Past."

8. I was close to cite a fake quote by Einstein, one of the many that are outhere. Fortunately, a quick search made me realize of the mistake. To follow the thread on this topic, check out hoaxes.org and quoteinvestigator.com. The made-up quote says: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." His actual words were: "Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

9. Transgender singer and composer Anohni is also credited as a visual artist. "I would never undermine a person's interpretation of a creative work." In an interview with "Entertainment Weekly," May 5, 2016 (online).

10. Ann Lamott, author of "Bird by Bird," answering to a reader on Goodreads - read it in full. "Write the best, most amazing book you can, the wisest, most honest, most human book you have inside."

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