Ihave to say, I have mixed feelings about all of the inspirational quotes for writers I’ve read over the years.
On one hand, I have fond memories of the meaningful phrases that have motivated me when I needed a little push to keep generating creative blog post ideas. On the other hand … I’m a little skeptical and have some questions:
- Did that person actually say that?
- What was the context?
- Was that quote intended to inspire anyone?
It’s often difficult to verify the sources of quotations, so you have to first account for misattribution, as well as sentiments taken out of context. Putting any person or words on a pedestal can be a distraction.
Ultimately, professional writers have to take inspirational quotes with a grain of salt — extracting the benefits we project onto them without getting too wrapped up in their significance.
Then, you can create your own inspiration for content ideas by living like a writer and developing a filter that helps you critically examine everything around you.
My 2 favorite inspirational quotes for writers
But since this post is about inspirational quotes for writers, I don’t want to act too uninterested, as if I don’t have favorite scribes whose work I enjoy and admire.
So, before we get into the 50 offbeat selections about the craft of writing and business blogging I picked out for today, here are two quotes from two of my favorite writers.
“A writer or any artist can’t expect to be embraced by the people. I’ve done records where it seemed like no one listened to them. You write poetry books that maybe 50 people read. And you just keep doing your work because you have to, because it’s your calling.
“But it’s beautiful to be embraced by the people.
“Some people have said to me, ‘Well, don’t you think that kind of success spoils one as an artist? If you’re a punk rocker, you don’t want to have a hit record …’
“And I say to them, ‘$@#* you!’
“One does their work for the people. And the more people you can touch, the more wonderful it is. You don’t do your work and say, ‘I only want the cool people to read it.’ You want everyone to be transported, or hopefully inspired by it.
“When I was really young, William Burroughs told me, ‘Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned with doing good work. And make the right choices and protect your work. And if you can build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency.’”
– Patti Smith
“Nothing’s going too far. Whenever I get to the point where I think things are going too far, I know I have to go there.”
– Chuck Palahniuk