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“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working.”

— Vincent van Gogh

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

― Louis L'Amour

“A word after a word after a word is power.”

— Margaret Atwood

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

— Mary Lou Cook

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”

— Peter Handke

“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism of light, white hot, onto the paper.”

― Ray Bradbury

“Writing is always a process of discovery—I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story.”

— Kim Edwards

“To survive, you must tell stories.”

— Umberto Eco

“There is something freeing about allowing ideas and events that I’m seeing in my imagination to take shape in the real world without a ton of pushing on my part. In the end, it’s about less striving and more allowing.”

— Nathalie Lussier

“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Finding the medium that excites your imagination, that you love to play with and work in, is an important step to freeing your creative energies.”

— Sir Ken Robinson