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“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

Inspire the Author within you.


Creativity is part of human nature. We are all creative, especially when we are young children, but as we grow older, they teach us to leave our childish imagination behind us and focus on logic and cognitive thinking.

Creativity is important for authors who write fiction. Pantser writers have their creative juices flowing as they write their story, but they are also more prone to writer’s block. Even the best authors will experience a lapse in their creativity.

I have put together a couple handfuls of quotes to help you reestablish your connection with the child who use to be you so many years ago.

27 Quotes to open the flow of your creative juices again.

1: “Creativity flows when the mind is light. Be light and ignite your imagination.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree

2: “You cannot teach creativity, how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.” ~Mario Vargas Llosa

3: “Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it that makes a difference.” ― Nolan Bushnell

4: “Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.” ― Henry David Thoreau

5: “Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.” ― Eudora Welty

6: “Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.” ― Masaru Ibuka

7: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ― Scott Adams

8: “Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.” ― Hugh MacLeod

9: “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” ~Albert Einstein

10: “The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there.” ― Ernest Becker

11: “True alchemy lies in this formula: ‘Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse’.” ― Arthur Rimbaud

12: “But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

13: “Creativity arises from our ability to see things from many different angles.” ― Keri Smith

14: “The best ideas will eat at you for days, maybe even weeks, until something, some incident, some impulse, triggers you to finally express them.” ― Criss Jami

15: “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” ― Rita Mae Brown

16: “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ― Rollo May

17: “I think that perhaps if I had had to slow down the ideas so that I could capture them on paper I might have stifled some of them.” ― J.K. Rowling

18: “A lack of illusion is golden, and it is quite possible that creativity is the highest form of intelligence. One might further develop oneself in the creative sense and, therefore, at times, find some degree of shame more so than pride when having always followed that of the safe and ever-praised academia.” ― Criss Jam

19: “We nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey.” ― Serina Hartwell

20: “I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark—the perfect time for creativity.” ― Jonathan Harnisch

21: “Supposedly there's an actual, researched link between extreme creativity and mental illness, and I believe it because I've seen it with my own eyes.” ― Deb Caletti

22: “If you’re creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you more than it ever did. And now your company can no longer afford to pretend that isn’t the case. So dust off your horn and start tooting.” ― Hugh MacLeod


23: “All genuinely creative ideas are initially met with rejection, since they necessarily threaten the status quo. An enthusiastic reception for a new idea is a sure sign that it is not original.” ― Eric Weiner

24: “Creative people, especially those who are just starting out, feel that they have to conform and be a mass-produced product in order to be noticed. The truth of the matter is that genuineness and unconventionality is often what helps make a mark on the world.” ― Veronika Carnaby

25: “Every creative person, and I think probably every other person, faces resistance when they are trying to create something good...The harder the resistance, the more important the task must be.” ― Donald Miller

26: “The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.” ― Stephen King

27: “People won't see Imagination in something that doesn't relate to their experience because of their own mental limitations. I want people to escape the expected and ordinary, to escape the regular expectations of a story, and truly step into a different world of literature.” ― Lionel Suggs

I hope at least one of these quotes has inspired your creativity. Go ahead, be a child again, and use your imagination to write your story.

Check out my article about Overcoming Writer’s Block to get your creativity flowing again.

R.G. Ramsey

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