Monday, August 12, 2013

Writing Quotes to Inspire

Writing quotes to inspire and encourage.

Here are some quotes that have resonated with me. Truth is like that. It resonates, burns, causes a little twitch in one's chest.

I want to see Christian fiction speak to the hard and real issues that tear people’s lives apart.  We need writers who are willing to ask the hard questions and go through the soul-searching and agonizing to find answers – and present these stories with skill that surpasses the general market.  Some of the greatest works or art and literature were rendered by Christians.  I believe God is at work in these areas now. ~Francine Rivers.

He is at work on your behalf, not to make you a best-seller, but to make you the best tool for His work. As much as we’d like to think this whole gig is about selling books, it’s not. It’s about obedience. About writing, because that’s the task He’s given us. It’s about seeking to serve Him and others through the gifts He’s given us. ~Karen Ball.

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.  ~James Michener

As long as we are above board, honest, and steadfast in presenting the truth to our readers, our words will be honored. When we set forth the truth plainly and simply through the example of human circumstances and how God works in the lives of everyone, we are leading our readers to a deeper, closer understanding of who Jesus is. ~Author Unknown

Write what you need to read.
Write from your heart and
Write truth

Sometimes it hurts to peel away the layers of self-deception and see ourselves in the mirror, but it will also draw us closer to Jesus.

And your work may minister to others struggling with the same issues. ~Francine Rivers

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

This picture inspires me because it reminds me that whatever I write is seen through my own world lens. Through my flaws, my strengths, my past, and what direction I am headed.

‘the best books tell the truth even when the story is made up’ ~Steve Laube (I think said this)

Quote from Mother Teresa: “I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

May we each write TRUTH, write LIGHT, write with ETERNITY in mind. May we use our words to BLESS and not curse other's lives, may we administer GRACE, and may we supply a THIRSTY world with a taste of the LIVING WATER.

Over to you: do you have any quotes or sayings that have resonated with you? Please share in the comments below. :)

All the best, Lucy

Lucy Morgan-Jones is a stay-at-home mum to four precocious children by day and a snoop by night, stalking interesting characters through historical Colorado and writing about their exploits.
She enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and learning about the craft of writing. When she can be separated from her laptop, she is a professional time waster on facebook, a slave to the towering stack of books on her bedside table, and a bottler, preserving fruit the old fashioned way so she can swap recipes and tips with her characters.
Her home is in country Victoria, Australia and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Downunder and Romance Writers of America.


  1. Thanks Lucy. Particularly love the Stephen King one.

    Have a great Tuesday.

  2. Hi Ian! There seems to be an abundance of Stephen King quotes getting around at the moment. Have a great Tuesday as well!

  3. Some great quotes there, Lucy. This is one I like that I have pinned up on the cork board above my desk.I'll just share a tiny part of it that comes from the end as it is long' Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now,' Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

    1. A lovely quote, Dale. :) "Begin it now" is a great reminder for those of us who procrastinate.

  4. Thanks, Lucy--some food for thought there, for sure. One I like is from Madeleine L'Engle who wrote in 'Walking on Water': 'Ultimately, when you are writing, you stop thinking and write what you hear.' There's more to it than that, of course--but I still like it!

    1. G'day Jo-Anne!
      I like that quote as well. Food for thought. :) I write what my mind 'hears' when I'm in the groove and typing away happily.