Scott Lorenz: Most Inspirational Author Quotes for 2024

The following post is excerpted from a news release sent out by publicist Scott Lorenz.

Scott has worked with some of the finest authors, many of whom live in self-doubt. One of his clients threw his manuscript in the ocean, never to be read again. He went off to college and became a lawyer. Years later he decided to take another crack at it. He penned The Thomas Crown Affair and They Call Me Mister Tibbs. Perhaps his most famous work was the screenplay for Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. That author was Alan Trustman.

Self-doubt is a problem for many authors, That’s why he compiled a list of his favorite inspirational author quotes. If you’re an aspiring author in search of the secrets to success, it only makes sense to ask those who have achieved it. After all, they’ve been in your shoes.

Write what should not be forgotten. — Isabel Allende

Write about the emotions you fear the most. — Laurie Halse Anderson

I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me. — Ray Bradbury

If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it. — Beverly Cleary

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine. — Emily Dickinson

Character is plot, plot is character. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. — Robert Frost

In order to write about life, first you must live it. — Ernest Hemingway

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts. — Larry King

The scariest moment is always just before you start. — Stephen King

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. — Anne Lamott

You can make anything by writing. — C.S. Lewis

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. — Jack London

You see a lot of young writers who have interesting ideas and a certain skill with words, but their story is not a story … it’s more of a vignette. — George R.R. Martin

Nobody buys a book that they don’t pick up. — James Patterson

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. — Jodi Picoult

All a writer needs is talent and ink. — J.K. Rowling

Done is better than perfect. — Sheryl Sandberg

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. — Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler)

If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success. — Malcolm X

The bottom line: Use these quotes to propel you forward. Remember, success as an author doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a great deal of dedication, passion, and hard work.

About Scott Lorenz

Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book.

He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, Navy SEALS, homemakers, fitness gurus, doctors, lawyers, and others. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, Time, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, and Howard Stern.

Contact Lorenz at or call 734-667-2090. Want help titling a book? Check out Scott Lorenz’s Book Title Generator- A Proven System in Naming Your Book.

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