I love things like this and find they always pick me up when I’m feeling like every word I’ve ever written is absolute rubbish! I hope some of them work for you too!


P G Wodehouse

“I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going deep down into life and not caring a damn…”

“It has been well said that an author who expects results from a first novel is in a position similar to that of a man who drops a rose petal down the Grand Canyon of Arizona and listens for the echo.”


M C Beaton

“I never wanted to be a literary writer. I wanted to be an entertainer. All I wanted was to give what a lot of writers had given me: a good time on a bad day.”


Stephen King

“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference.”

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.”


Jane Austen

“I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No – I must keep my own style & go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”


Charles Dickens

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”


Oscar Wilde

“A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.”

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”


What are your favourite quotes that keep you going when the words don’t flow, or you feel like you want to hide in bed and pretend everything’s fine? Or do you have any quotes that just get you through day to day life? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to know!