Creative Inspiration: 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Between freelancing and fiction writing, I write about 2,000 words a day on average. They aren't always the right words (don't even ask how many words I delete per day...) but in order to reach my goals, that's been my schedule for the last three years.

(If you want to make writing 2,000 words a day part of your schedule too, I highly recommend an ergonomic keyboard.)

In order to maintain that kind of schedule, I learned early on that writing can't be the only creative thing I do each day. Spending a little time on a different creative hobby helps me recharge and refocus. Sometimes it's playing piano, baking, sewing, or even just doodling for awhile. It's all part of being a left-brained writer and right-brained author. Doing creative work goes hand-in-hand with living a creative lifestyle.

With that in mind, this week I've rounded up some of my favorite quotes on imagination and creativity. If you're feeling stuck on a project or just need a reminder to go out and create, I hope this list will help you get started!

First up, the one and only Albert Einstein explains the importance of imagination. I love this quote. It reminds me that no matter how left-brained my current writing project is, it's still important to engage and value my right-brained approach.

Albert Einstein quote- "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

In fact, creativity is often the place where we're able to express our deepest thoughts and ponder the big questions.

Akira Kurosawa quote- "To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Maybe that's why everyone, from every walk of life, has the urge to create and express themselves through art.

Patti Digh quote- "If you're alive, you're creative." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Not to mention that the creative life is not for the faint of heart. Just look at how River Fairchild describes creativity:

River Fairchild quote- "To be creative is to look madness in the eye and challenge it to a spitting contest." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Letting go and really pouring ourselves into a project requires a lot of bravery. Some days it's harder than others to silence the inner critic.

From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Taking time to create also reminds us of why we do what we do. What are we truly passionate about? What are we trying to say, and why do we need to say it?

Yo-Yo Ma quote "Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Some would even say that creativity is more than self-expression: it's a challenge.

Twyla Tharp quote- "Creativity is an act of defiance." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Regardless, it seems everyone can agree that allowing yourself to be creative is a gutsy move.

Henri Matisse quote- "Creativity takes courage." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

And just in case it seems that goofing off with other creative pursuits takes away time and energy from your primary goals, remember this:

Maya Angelou quote- "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

One might even say we have a responsibility to follow our dreams and create.

Michelle Dennis Evans quote- "What if the very reason you were created was to be creative?" From the ellensmithwrites blog: Creative inspiration- 10 Essential Quotes for Authors

Do you find that spending time on other creative hobbies helps you recharge? If you have a creative job, what creative hobbies do you do to recharge? Let me know in the comments!