Short Inspirational Quotes | Writing Prompts for Writers

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Every writer needs some inspiration. I find inspiration from a lot of different sources: art journaling, word-a-day journaling, a writer’s notebook, a daily planner, and many more. For me, each writing project starts with a planning phase that includes the selection of a specific notebook and its cover. It also means that I’ve taken the time to write a few high-level goals of the writing project and what inspired me to write it inside that notebook. Inspiration can often come from a picture or a favorite movie. However, I find that short inspirational quotes or writing prompts for writers often set the tone for each writing project. Below are a few details on why I find short inspirational quotes so useful.

Maintaining Motivation

A carefully crafted sentence can make you smile, even on a stressful day. I recommend selecting a few quotes to write down on the first few pages of each writing notebook. I find these very useful when I only have a few minutes to write down some ideas on a character or a scene, because I can quickly slip into the mood of the book or chapter by rereading the quote.

Stay Inspired to Write

I think the writers are some of the bravest people out there, because they have taken the time to learn their craft and share it with the world. Writing is art. While the process of writing can be intimidating, it is extremely rewarding. Staying inspired to write, through regular writing in a notebook, means that you are reminding yourself why the story needs to be told. In addition to writing down a few quotes from other sources, don’t forget about the characters in your books. Write down a particularly poignant quote from one of your own characters that you think summarizes a chapter or the entire book. It’s rewarding to see how a character’s voice comes alive once you focus on it.

Favorite Short Inspirational Quotes

Below are a few of my favorites quotes, which are available as Big Happy Planner covers and dashboards on the ProsePlanner Etsy shop as a downloaded PDF.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face – Victor Hugo

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – Roald Dahl

Teach me your mood, o patient start. Who climb each night the ancient sky. Leaving no space, no shade, no scars, no trace of age. No fear to die. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

The boundaries which divide life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends and the other begins? – Edgar Allan Poe

Freedom lies in being bold – Robert Frost

I hope that you found this blog post on Short Inspirational Quotes | Writing Prompts for Writers useful. Please leave a comment below if you have additional uses for quotes in your planners and journals.

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