“Give someone a book, they’ll read for a day.
Teach someone to write a book,
they’ll experience a lifetime of paralyzing self-doubt.”

That profound statement about writing first appeared in the form of a tweet from Lauren DeStefano, a young writer who is wise beyond her years.

Don’t let it throw you. Most people are haunted by self-doubt, but I definitely think writers and other creative souls have a lot less confidence than your average air traffic controller.

Writers, be they pros or just starting out, need encouragement and the reassurance that whatever hell they are going through, they are not alone.

So I created Other Voices, Other Pens, a collection of quotes from writers who also looked down that same scary road you’re looking at now, overcame their fears, failed, tried again, failed again, but stuck with it until they realized their dream, and never once crashed a single airplane.

I hope these quotes motivate and inspire you. At the very least, they should give you the one thing writers need constantly. A distraction from writing.

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03OVOP–Twain

05OVOP–Lamott

07OVOP–Atwood

09OVOP–London

11OVOP–Bach

13OVOP–Chekhov

15OVOP–Adams

17OVOP-Tartt

21OVOP–Woolf

23OVOP–Wright

25OVOP–Angelou

27OVOP–Barry

29OVOP-White

31OVOP–Clancy

33OVOP–Hemingway

35OVOP–King

37OVOP–Rowling

39OVOP-Grisham

41OVOP-Cherryh

45OVOP-Vonnegut

47OVOP-Heller

49OVOP–Frank

51OVOP–Seuss

53OVOP–Franklin

55OVOP-Thompson

57OVOP–Frost

59OVOP–Fey

The quotes are fun, but if you want something deeper, there are two books I’ve read multiple times, given to aspiring writers, and highly recommend.

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