Today, we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you quotes from some of my favorite authors. These quotes are about writing…and about life–really, where does one stop and the other start?–and I hope they provide you with some encouragement and inspiration.

“As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.” – Neil Gaiman

“And as a writer, one of the things that I’ve always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that’s what we’re supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.” – Stephen King

“Seeing yourself in print is such an amazing concept: you can get so much attention without having to actually show up somewhere… You don’t have to dress up, for instance, and you can’t hear them boo you right away.” – Anne Lamott

“Terror is the desire to save your own ass, but horror is rooted in sympathy.” – Joe Hill

“Don’t worry, fairy vomit is no doubt sweet-smelling to humans.” – Martin Millar

“There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.” – Bram Stoker

“Most people will spend their lives doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, and will eventually save up enough money to stop doing those jobs just in time to start dying instead. Don’t be one of those people. There’s a difference between living, and just surviving. Do something that you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do. It really is that simple. And that hard.” – John Connolly

“Never laugh at live dragons.” – JRR Tolkien

“Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.” – Jim Butcher

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – CS Lewis

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

“Too many people live the lives other people think they ought to, following orders they don’t agree with, for causes they don’t believe in. They live lives that don’t matter, that touch no one and change nothing. For better or worse, you and I stared evil in the eye and didn’t flinch. We raised our swords and went to war, and even if we didn’t win we kicked some ass along the way. We made a difference, and that’s all any man can ask.” – Simon R. Green

“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury

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