Five Great Quotations about Passion for Writing

“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you’ve got to say something.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.” – Brenda Ueland

“Writing isn’t generally a lucrative source of income; only a few, exceptional writers reach the income levels associated with the best-sellers. Rather, most of us write because we can make a modest living, or even supplement our day jobs, doing something about which we feel passionately. Even at the worst of times, when nothing goes right, when the prose is clumsy and the ideas feel stale, at least we’re doing something that we genuinely love. There’s no other reason to work this hard, except that love.” – Melissa Scott

“Yes, it’s hard to write, but it’s harder not to.” – Carl Van Doren

“The desire to write grows with writing.” – Desiderius Erasmus