16 Inspirational Octavia Butler Quotes for Writers

16 Inspirational Octavia Butler Quotes for Writers


One of my favorite websites For Harriet reminded me, via a Facebook feed scroll, that yesterday was the birthday of the late Sci-Fi writer Octavia Butler.

I was part of a committee that brought the award-winning and highly acclaimed author of Kindred to come to my alma mater the University of Maryland when I was in college. As a journalism major, I was quite excited to meet her in person and hear this great pioneer and revolutionary’s words in person.

So when I saw this flier and quote the website shared among its followers, I became inspired to research some of the other great words that came from Butler,  including much from a 2002 talk she gave at UCLA.

And as a person who recently returned to daily writing after a full career as a lawyer, I am happy to share some of Butler’s other inspirational words to other writers out there. Enjoy!

On Importance of Daily Writing

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On Labels

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On Fighting Writers’ Block

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On Kindness and Love

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On Telling Difficult Stories

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On Writing Truths

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On Being a Friend

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On Self-Control during Anger

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On Value to being a Writer

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On Identity & Trusting Instincts

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On Persistence

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On Ignorance

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On Learning from  Failure

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On Accepting help & Giving it

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On Drive

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Jeneba “JJ Ghatt”,is editor at Jenebapeaks.com, an online hub where she helps social media butterfly who empowers digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things online at her online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy.  She is an editor of tech blog Techyaya.com and founded the annual 200 Black Women to Follow On Twitter List. Read her bio, then get all of her online & digital biz startup advice and tools in one spot here!

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