The Writer’s Book of Inspiration: Quites on Writing and the Literary Life

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Funny, perceptive, and practical—this compendium of memorable quotations from our favorite writers and great literary figures shows us that, as word smiths, we are not alone in how or why we choose to meet the challenge of the blank page. Despite the fact that the act of writing is an often sloppy and sometimes frustrating process, it is also an exhilarating, joyful, entertaining, and even noble, endeavor, which, if done honestly and practiced faithfully, ultimately reveals every aspect of the human condition.

Here you will find encouragement, advice, and motivation, along with belly laughs. A gift for everyone who writes, or longs to, THE WRITER'S BOOK OF INSPIRATION: QUOTES ON WRITING AND THE LITERARY LIFE reads like a a conversation at a gathering of old, close friends.

Stephanie Gunning, aka The Get a Book Deal Coach, provides editorial, training, and consulting services in support of book writers who want to develop their full personal and professional potential. A former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell in New York City, she's acquired and worked with hundreds of writers on their books in a career spanning almost three decades, and has personally drafted over 25 professionally published books to date.

Product Details

  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Blast Press; 1 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Reads like a discussion between the world’s inspiring minds!

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 23, 2013
By Will
The Writer’s Book of Inspiration: Quotes on Writing and the Literary Life is sooooooo much more than a book of quotes. It will inspire new ideas and motivate you to action. If even one quote moves you as much as many have moved me then the book is worth buying.

Brilliant! Inspiration for Writers

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 17, 2013
By A Muse
I LOVE this book! Beyond inspirational, each turn of the page left me reeling, chuckling, eager to click to the next. Ms. Gunning has assembled the most informed, a propos, pithy quotations for the many moods a writer experiences in this deliciously rewarding collection, celebrating the work and struggle of a singularly solitary profession, with alacrity, brevity, and wit. High praise!

For Those Who Love to Write

One person found this helpful.
 on March 12, 2013
By Julie Isaac
“Writing is love. It’s the beating heart pulsing on paper. It is music, magic, and mystery.” These are Stephanie Gunning’s own words, from the preface of her new book, “Inspiration for Writers: Quotes on Writing and the Literary Life.” These carefully chosen quotes are by writers whose literary accomplishments span every era and genre: from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling, George Orwell to Groucho Marx, Maya Angelou to Michael Crichton. Although I recognized a few of the quotes, most were new to me and made me feel like I’d discovered hidden treasure.

A lot of quotes

 on June 10, 2016
By Jessica Lynn
The book was pretty nice. There were some pretty solid quotes in it, like “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you,” by Ray Bradbury. Overall, the quotes are inspiring or made me laugh. Some I didn’t quite understand. The writer gave a brief introduction and sounded like a decent author. I can’t give this book five stars because it is just a collection of quotes from other people, but I enjoyed reading it, for whatever that is worth.

A companion for any writer’s toolkit

One person found this helpful.
 on March 2, 2013
By Jasmyne
I am a new writer and The Writer’s Book of Inspiration is a part of my toolkit. A single quote a day is my daily dosage. With humorous and thought provoking quotes, I am inspired to work through the challenges in my new world of writing.


One person found this helpful.
 on January 27, 2013
By Christina Rasmussen
I have not come across a book for writers that contains so many inspirational, motivational and funny quotes that you can use every day to inspire your writing. It’s simplicity makes it so attractive to the writer’s soul.

The Writer’s Book of Inspiration inspires this writer and will inspire you

 on March 18, 2013
By Susanna Banks Baum
As a lover of reading, I am fascinated with what lifts others off their arses, what makes them hoist that 100 pound pencil and cease being one who talks and thinks about writing and lets the movement of pen on paper transform them in to actual writers. There is an intimate tone to this book that makes me feel it was compiled just for me. As a leader of a writing workshop, I can see using these quotes as prompts and jump starts for writing experiences. And as one who moves that pen across pages, marking miles with ink and letters, I relish the small portals each of these inspirations offers. One day, Beatrix Potter, the next Stephen King. Stephanie has collected an abundant array of invitations to write and write some more.

Handy and helpful for writers

 on April 23, 2013
By Shelley Lieber
The Writer’s Book of Inspiration delivers on the promise. Like many writers, I am intrigued by quotes from beloved authors, and this is one of the best collections of inspiring words I’ve ever read–all in one book. Entertaining, insightful, and inspiring, this little book of quotes should be on every writer’s Kindle or bookshelf for those moments when words fail or just for pure pleasure. Writers who embrace free flow writing will appreciate the uncategorized flow of page-to-page quotations, while those who favor structure might be aching for some sort of heading to direct them. But, every writer will surely find pleasure, value, and comfort in reading the reflections of those who have taken the writing journey in a memorable way.

Finally Going to Write That Novel!

 on March 28, 2013
By Marlise Wabun Wind
I’m the author or co-author of eleven published non-fiction works and have several million books in print, but it has take The Writer’s Book of Inspiration to give me the push I need to throw commercial potential and caution to the wind (pun intended) and finish one of the several half-completed novels I have in progress. Thanks, Stephanie, for so cleverly putting together the words that inspire me to do what my heart has always desired.

A Breath of Fresh Air!

 on April 13, 2013
By Michelle S-Boyd
This book was created from the high vibrations of “inspiration” and will guide you on your journey of literary expression and divine creation.

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