Discover What to Write About (20 Powerful Writing Quotes)

You want to write, so you sit down to begin.

You stare at the blank page or screen. And stare. And stare.

After this happens a few times, you come to the conclusion: “I want to write, but I don’t know what to write about”. You shelve your writing dreams and believe you’ll never be a writer.

Here are some ideas disguised as quotes to banish blank page blues and get you started:

Write your truth

The most impressive books stem from the braveness and honesty of their authors. Here are some quotes to help you express your truth through writing.

1. If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~ Toni Morrison

2. Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come the most unsought for are commonly the most valuable. ~ Francis Bacon

3. The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. ~ Neil Gaiman

4. I dare you all to write one more thing that you won’t say to my face. ~ Marilyn Manson

5. Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone. ~ Emile M. Cioran

6. Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~ Cyril Connolly

Write about your experience

No matter what kind of life you’ve lived, you have a unique and valuable set of experiences. Why not share them through your words?

7. I write for myself things that I’ve gone through. ~ Dolly Parton

8. I write out of my intellectual experience. ~ Tom Stoppard

9. You write about what you know. ~ Larry David

10. And if you don’t live, you have nothing to write about. ~ James Maynard Keenan

11. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. ~ Anais Nin

Write what gives you pleasure

It’s a simple truth that you won’t stick with your writing if you don’t enjoy it. So how do you write with enjoyment?

12. Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader. ~ Joseph Joubert

13. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself. ~ Jack Kerouac

14. Usually, I walk and think about things. When I come across a thought that makes me laugh, I write it down. ~Demetri Martin

15. I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze. ~ D. H. Lawrence

16. Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. ~ Ray Bradbury

Write to know more

Writing isn’t always a process of sharing knowledge. It can also be a way to gain it.

17. I write books to find out about things. ~ Rebecca West

18. Writing a story … is simply an exploration of the nature of behavior: why people do what they do, how it affects others, how we change and grow, and what decisions we make along the way. ~ Lois Lowry

19. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. ~ Joan Didion

In a nutshell…

20. And by the way, everything in life is writable about, if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt~ Sylvia Plath

Each day you sit down (or stand up, or lie down!) to write, you face different challenges to your writing. How do you decide what to write about? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments!

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