Inspirational Author Quotes Revealed by Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

November 14 23:01 2022

Detroit, MI, USA – November 14, 2022 – The world’s best authors have always needed inspiration to write from time to time. “I’ve worked with some of the finest authors and many live in self-doubt,” says Scott Lorenz of Westwind Book Marketing. “One author threw his manuscript in the ocean, never to be read. He went off to college and became a lawyer. Years later he decided to take another crack at it. He penned The Thomas Crown Affair and They Call me Mister Tibbs. Perhaps his most famous work was the screenplay for Bullitt which starred Steve McQueen. That author was Alan Trustman.”

If you’re an aspiring author in search of the secrets to success, it only makes sense to ask those who have achieved it. After all, they’ve been in your shoes.

Lorenz has compiled some of his favorite inspirational author quotes. “While you may not be able to speak to successful authors directly,” says Lorenz, “you can be inspired by their words about writing.”

1. “All a writer needs is talent and ink.” -J.K. Rowling

2. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” -Stephen King

3. “Nobody buys a book that they don’t pick up.” -James Patterson

4. “You see a lot of young writers who have interesting ideas and a certain skill with words, but their story is not a story … it’s more of a vignette.” -George R.R. Martin

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

6. “If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.” -Malcolm X

7. “You can make anything by writing.” -C.S. Lewis

8. “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” -Larry L. King

9. “I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” -Ray Bradbury

10. “In order to write about life first you must live it.” -Ernest Hemingway

11. “Character is plot, plot is character.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

12. “Write what should not be forgotten.” -Isabel Allende

13. “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” -Beverly Cleary

14. “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” -Emily Dickinson

15. “Write about the emotions you fear the most.” -Laurie Halse Anderson

16. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

17. “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” -Anne Lamott

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

19. “Done is better than perfect.” -Sheryl Sandberg

20. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler)

The Bottom Line: Use these quotes to propel you forward. Remember, success as an author doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a great deal of dedication, passion, and hard work.

About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at or contact Lorenz at [email protected] or 734-667-2090. Reach Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist.

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