10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers

May 16, 2019


I’m not quite sure I’ve earned the right to call myself a Picture Book writer just yet (that’s another blog post right?), but here I am. A new Picture Book writer crossing my fingers tightly and hoping that a publishing house or agent will take a bite of my work soon. I’ve had my fishing line out for such a short time. But, I’m a strong believer that you have to be in the right place at the right time… with a brilliant piece of writing to begin with – most definitely.  


Along my journey of plotting, drafting, writing, re writing and editing like there is no tomorrow, I’ve come across some inspiring quotes that gave me a good kick off the straight and narrow path to my finished Picture Book. Because the crazier and messier your writing journey is, the more chance you have of coming up with something that you can look back on and think – I didn’t know I had that in me! Here are my 10 thought-provoking quotes for new writers.


11 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers



10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“Words are our most inexhaustible course of magic.” – J. K. Rowling




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“The writer is by nature a dreamer, a conscious dreamer.” Carson McCullers




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“You can’t really use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C.J. Cherryh




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison




10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers


“Start before you are ready.” – Steven Pressfield




I hope these have given you a sprinkle of inspiration in the right direction. If you are looking for more quotes, you might also enjoy these:


Happiness is a Disney quote that leaves you grinning like the cheshire cat

Quotes for when you want to run into the this week like…YOLO

Marvellous Harry Potter quotes for when you’ve had a hard week

Quotes to help you let go of feeling like you must always be perfect




Do you have any favourites? Or a different go-to-quote for when you need a bit of a boost?







15 responses to “10 Thought-provoking quotes for new writers”

  1. You can’t edit a blank page. So true for writing and life.

  2. Sabina Green says:

    We certainly all need to hear these motivating quotes! I am sure you will have a successful book – keep going!

  3. Wise words to remember! Quite motivational!

  4. Anosa says:

    I am a dreamer by nature but wish I was a conscious dreamer, love these quotes definitelys put one in the right space. Hope someone sees your picture book and publishes it.

  5. Wishing you all the best for your book writing project.

  6. Eva Katona says:

    These are great quotes and quite thought provoking for anyone really!

  7. Jenni says:

    These are all great quotes! I think my favourite is the one about the bad page versus the blank page.

  8. Melanie says:

    These quotes are really fab. Relevant, motivational and very inspirational for sure xx

  9. Pati Robins says:

    i love the first quote – its actually written in my diary – whenever i buy new diary i tend to write a favorite quote for that said year 🙂 so i am glad to see it made your selection x

  10. I like the one about editing a bad page but not being able to edit a blank page. Whenever I am struggling to blog, I just bash away at the keyboard with my notes and it eventually all comes together! Thanks for sharing these inspirational quotes #DreamTeamLinky

  11. Rosie Doal says:

    Lovely quotes here – and a lot of them can be adapted to any situation in life. How do you know you can’t before you try, just take the leap. I especially love the blank page one. Inspiring on a Sunday morning x #DreamTeam

  12. Writing is such a solitary pursuit. It’s good to be reminded that we are in good company.

  13. Steve L says:

    You can’t edit a blank page… Saw that quote for the first time last week and actually inspired me to write something after a week of brain freeze!

  14. Kirsty Hall says:

    Love it! I need to tell my son the you can’t edit a blank page one as even with homework he always struggles so much to get that first idea down and then it just flows #DreamTeamLinky

  15. Crummy Mummy says:

    All very inspiring & motivational quotes! Good luck placing your picture book! #DreamTeamLinky

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