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Writing inspiration. Too often, it’s hard to come by. The well runs dry, the work doesn’t come out the way we want it to and, if we’re at the stage where we’re trying to navigate the publishing industry, sometimes that can be a bummer. What’s a writer to do? One thing I enjoy is posting an inspirational quote where I can see it. Here are some of my favorites:

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
Louis L’Amour

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
Richard Bach.

Don’t get discouraged when it’s the last key that opens the lock

I can shake off everything as I write. My sorrows disappear and my courage is reborn.
Anne Frank

When I want to read a novel, I write one.
Benjamin Disraeli

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
William Wordworth

If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.
Beverly Cleary

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes left to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov

Just write every day of your life, read intensely, then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
Ray Bradbury

A writer looking for subjects inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone loves at all.
Annie Dillard

And a few bonus quotes:

The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you did not write.

Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.
William Zinsser

Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
Neil Gaiman

Writing inspiration is elusive at times, so take some solace from the words of the many writers who have come before. Even the greatest writers have struggled. Take heart!

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