Wise Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve gathered a cornucopia of favorite quotes to inspire and energize us all:

“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.”
Madeleine L’Engle

“In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the center of chaos, make one definitive act.
Just write.”
Natalie Goldberg

“But have the courage to write whatever your dream is for yourself.”
May Sarton

“Writing a novel is all about the timed release of information.”
Toni Morrison

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”
Muriel Rukeyser


“I might write four lines or I might write twenty. I subtract and I add until I really hit something. You don’t always whittle down, sometimes you whittle up.”
Grace Paley

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou

“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
Willa Cather

“Your writing is trying to tell you something. Just lend an ear.”
Joanne Greenberg

“If you have a skeleton in your closet, take it out and dance with it.”
Carolyn MacKenzie

“You should hear every sentence you write as if it was being read aloud or spoken.”
Edna Ferber

“I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.”
Zora Neale Hurston

Are there any women’s quotes about writing that you especially love? Please share them as we all
write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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