On Being a Writer

Lost Your Writing Mojo? 25 Quotes To Get You Back on The Horse

“The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” —Mary Heaton Vorse

Shannon Cheesman
5 min readApr 17, 2022


It happens to the best of us — we lose our motivation to write, start doubting ourselves or get busy doing other things. We lose our mojo, and our writing drops off. Here are 25 quotes to inspire you to start stringing those words together again.

“Make your copy straightforward to read, understand and use. Use easy words; those that are used for everyday speech. Use phrases that are not too imprecise and very understandable. Do not be too stuffy; remove pompous words and substitute them with plain words. Minimize complicated gimmicks and constructions. If you can’t give the data directly and briefly, you must consider writing the copy again.” — Jay Abraham, CEO of the Abraham Group

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” — C.J. Cherryh, Fiction Writer

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” - Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sir Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Photo courtesy Russell and Sons, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” — Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Lyricist

“Good advertising is written from one person to another. When it is aimed at millions it rarely moves anyone.” — Fairfax M. Cone, former director of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time… unlike, say, a brain surgeon.” — Robert Cormier, Author and Journalist

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” — Gene Fowler, Journalist, Author, and



Shannon Cheesman

I’m a marketing copywriter with a background in TV news. I’ve written everything from blogs to breaking news stories (and everything in between) in my career.