The Best Writing Quotes for Freelance Writers (Inspirational Quotes for You!)
Did you know that there is a science behind why motivational quotes inspire us?
By nature, humans are aspirational and we want to look up to role models and people we feel we have a connection with.
When those people put together words that speak to our hopes, dreams and struggles, we gravitate toward them and use them as a source for inspiration.
Even though we may not know these people personally or directly, we feel like we are being coached by them.
Also, we sometimes turn to inspirational quotes that affirm what we already know about ourselves. Sometimes we just need to hear other people say it.
So it’s no wonder quotes are so popular on Pinterest!
All that being said, I wanted to share with you some writing quotes that will speak directly to you as a freelance writer.
I know all too well what it’s like to get into a slump when it comes to my writing and oftentimes a good inspirational quote is the pick-me-up I need to get back on track!
If you’re looking for some words of wisdom as a freelance writer, here are some inspirational quotes for you:
Quotes About Writing
When you’re a freelance writer, you understanding the importance of sitting down and getting the words out of your head and onto your computer screen.
Sometimes that is easier said than done, so here are some writing quotes about actually writing and developing your writing skills:
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” — E.L. Doctorow
“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” — Meg Rosoff
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” — William Faulkner
“The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.” — Gene Fowler
“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk — away from any open flames — to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.” — George Singleton
“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.” — Richard Harding Davis
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is…the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain
“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin
Quotes About Productivity
Working as a freelance writer not only requires you to have writing skills but also to be able to make the most out of the time you have to get your work done.
Check out these writing quotes about increasing your productivity:
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”. — Mark Twain
“We may encounter defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou
“Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does; keep going.” — Sam Levenson
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy and that hard.” — Neil Gaiman
“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” — Tom Clancy
“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood — you will either write or you will not — and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” — Jim Tully
“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” — Henry David Thoreau
Quotes About Confidence
Ever heard of the term “imposter syndrome”? It occurs when people don’t believe they are as good as something as they really are — and feel like they’re faking their success.
If you are making money as a freelance writer, you are being successful! If you don’t believe me, here are some writing quotes about being confident in your work:
“The beauty of the impostor syndrome is you vacillate between extreme egomania and a complete feeling of: ‘I’m a fraud! Oh God, they’re on to me! I’m a fraud!’…just try to ride the egomania when it comes and enjoy it, and then slide through the idea of fraud.” — Tina Fey
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” — Ernest Hemingway
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” — Ernest Hemingway
“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. It’s the streaming reason for living.” — Enid Bagnold
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach
“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re seeing now, what we’ll all see in time for the first time, and then see imitated many times by made writers.” — Jack Kerouac
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” — Neil Gaiman
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis
Quotes About Freelance Writers
While the above quotes are kind of general when it comes to writing, here are some writing quotes specifically focused on being a freelance writer:
“If you dig deep and keep peeling the onion, artists and freelance writers are the leaders in society — the people who start to get new ideas out.” — Allan Savory
“I always feel like freelance writers are leading a heroic life. I think that is the real writer’s life.” -Tom Paulin
“Anybody who is in freelance work, especially artistically, knows that it comes with all the insecurity and the ups and downs. It’s a really frightening life.” — Alessandro Nivola
“The life of the professional writer — like that of any freelancer, whether she be a plumber or a podiatrist — is predicated on willpower. Without it there simply wouldn’t be any remuneration, period.” — Will Self
“I’m a freelance writer, and I work alone at a big desk in the living room of my apartment. There are many days when I don’t utter a single word to anyone but my husband.” — Robin Marantz Henig
“I have certain rules that I’ve established for myself that took a while post-day job to figure out. Everyone says people who freelance or are writers struggle with the structure of it. I’m not allowed to check email before a certain hour. I’m not allowed to run errands during the day. I have to write a certain amount every day.” — Sloane Crosley
“I’ve never had a terrible job. I’ve been a cook, waitress, bookseller, teacher, freelance writer. I know what the bad jobs are, and I haven’t done them.” — Ann Patchett
“It was daunting, giving up a regular job for a freelance world, where every day off is a day of unemployment and you are conscious you are not earning. But it was time to take a gamble and see what’s on the other side.” — Konnie Huq
I really hope these writing quotes have made you feel more inspired as a freelance writer!
Sometimes you just need to find comfort and confidence in other peoples’ words. Remember that, even though you face many struggles as a freelance writer, you are not alone.
How about you? Do you have a favorite quote to share? Drop it in the comments!