It strikes me that today is a day for encouragement.

All authors go through crazy stuff. We get rejected, we get unhelpful criticism. We get helpful criticism, and realize we have a lot to learn. This post has a ton of writer’s quotes to help you get through it all.

Take Heart.

Did you know that The Help was rejected more than SIXTY TIMES before it found an agent-home?

That’s not all. Dr. Seuss, The Diary of Anne Frank, Madeleine L’Engle, and more were told they simply sucked beyond all reason.

Even more:

I’m telling you this not to discourage you, but to lift you up: everybody gets rejected. Those who push past it and keep trying are the ones who get published.

But you don’t have to take it from me. Have some encouragement from folks you love to read, and don’t forget to share them. You never know who might need a pick-me-up.

Fantastic Writing Quotes

“A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin.” ~David Eddings

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A writer’s apprenticeship involves a million discarded words before he’s almost ready to begin. ~David Eddings

However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once. ~Jean Rousseau

“You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like.” ~Phyllis A. Whitney

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Take all the rejections. Learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like. ~Phyllis A. Whitney

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. ~Ray Bradbury

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay. ~Mark Twain

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

“Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.”  ~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

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Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers and occasionally mortal enemies. ~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.  ~Enrique Jardiel Poncela

Writing is a struggle against silence.  ~Carlos Fuentes

“Writers are not just people who sit down and write.  They hazard themselves.  Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.”  ~E.L. Doctorow

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Writers are not just people who sit down and write.  They hazard themselves.  ~E.L. Doctorow

“The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and is followed by those who hear him with delight.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.  ~André Gide


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.