Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Writing Quotes that Inspire

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Writing quotes inspire, encourage, and can cause us to laugh at ourselves. I’ve been writing for over two decades—novels nonfiction, blog posts, articles, devotions, poetry, short stories, social media posts, and tons of emails. Like you, with every writing project, I’ve learned something new about the craft and myself. Reflections of the process have often led to creating quotes. 

Step into my private journal for twelve of my favorites.
  • A novel is a living, breathing organism. It has the power to shape and change lives, but a Christian novel does even more. Its a seed to grow the kingdom of God.
  • If I ever think I’m too big to help another writer, God may think I’m too small for publication.
  • If our calling as writers painfully pushes us to be a layer of artists who excel above the rest, we can pay the price of tears, loss of pride, and look at ourselves in a clearer light. 
  • Writers need constructive criticism not empty compliments.
  • If a writer cannot offer hope, what’s the purpose of penning another word?
  • Writing a book takes creativity, stamina, and several pots of dark roasted coffee.
  • Trying is what makes a hero or heroine.
  • A writer looks at the colors of each day and creates a breathless moment.
  • Learning the craft of writing, like any valued skill, is a life-long experience. Embrace it. Crave it. Treasure it.
  • We have a three-fold mission on earth: Love Jesus. Love His people. Show that love. Everything else is simply narration in the big scene of life.
  • Read, write, pray, edit. Repeat.
  • Writing is not a well-oiled machine. It involves our imagination, and that means a constant shot of Writer’s WD40: coffee, chocolate, and creativity.

Here is your challenge. Create a writing quote and share it with us. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 

She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Connect here:


  1. Loved these! Now I'm ready to plant myself before my computer and get to writing. Thanks for posting.

  2. Well, you’ve been doing this much longer than I have so just going to borrow one of yours until something comes to me. Lol Love #1 - definitely keeping that on my mind going forward. Thanks. :)

  3. My favorite quote comes from Karen Ball. "God whispers to our hearts. Our heats whisper back in stories." To me, that defines the call to write.

  4. Love these!!!! "Read, write, pray edit. Repeat." Actually I pray first. :-)