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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