Stories have the power to take you anywhere. Whether you’re getting lost in a good book, or writing down the tale of your own life, stories can transport you to wildly different places and times, expanding your insight and imagination along the way.

In celebration of National Write Down Your Story Day on Tuesday, March 14th, we’ve gathered up seven quotes to help inspire you to explore your own stories and write down what makes you you.

“Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.”

William Cobbett

“To survive, you must tell stories.”

Umberto Eco

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

Louis L’Amour

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us. Our details are important.”

Natalie Goldberg

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”

Benjamin Franklin

If you were to write your life story, what would the first sentence be?


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