Quotes About Writing, Fear and Creativity

“Sometimes your destiny is wrapped up in a veil of fear to check if you really have the courage to face it.”

— Marcus Hades

“Trust my imagination. It knows the story better than I do.”

— Milli Thornton, @fearofwriting

“Found this sentiment in Goethe: If you think about writing while you’re writing, you’ll go mad. Think about it later when tidying up.”

— @FDbytheword

“I believe that my skill at taking ordinary words and using them to provoke thought or stir emotion is a divine gift that I should utilize more often, if not for profit, then to free my spirit.”

— Darryl Brown, Fear of Writing Online Course, Week 4, Assignment 1

“Mysterious part of creativity—once we set the wheels in motion, the same stuff imagination’s made of works silently to move us along a path.”

— Milli Thornton, @fearofwriting

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

— Charles R. Swindoll

“Writing makes me feel alive. It brings me into the moment and allows me to bask in it.”

— @natashadoodle

“Each time you write something, part of you grows. You’re training your artistic muscles to find your voice.”

— Pen Densham

“Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.”

— Joseph Chiltern Pearce

The Yoda in my mind says: “Energy follows thought . . . think about fun things & then fun energy will follow you.”

— Milli Thornton

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

— Mark Twain

“Don’t wait for the world to believe in you. Believe in yourself first. It’s faster and more efficient.”

— Milli Thornton, @fearofwriting

“If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

— @Robin_Goblin

“Failure is part of the creative process. If you’re afraid of it, you can’t really create.”

— Danny_DeVito

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery.”

— Robert Cormier (1925-2000)

“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.”

— Anne Tyler, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist

“The “Li’l Ol Me” Syndrome: we tend to think everyone else has a more exotic background than we do.”

— Milli Thornton

“Go out into the world and run straight at whatever you fear the most.”

— Kerr Cuhulain

“Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

— Leonard Cohen

“I wrote 2,623 words today. No one was murdered. There was no sex. But there was a ghost, an interrogation, and a mystery.”

— @LMEighmy

“Mama, look at that tree. It’s spooky!”

— My two-year-old grandson, about a dead tree in the park (am I proud of his language skills, or what?)