Writing Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Toni Morrison” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Hemingway” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anais Nin” float=”none” width=”100%”]“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums” float=”none” width=”100%”]“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lloyd Alexander” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Saul Bellow” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robert Frost” float=”none” width=”100%”]“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anton Chekhov” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Aldous Huxley, Brave New World” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”E.L. Doctorow” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Louis L’Amour” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Frank Herbert” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Philip Pullman” float=”none” width=”100%”]“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Winston S. Churchill” float=”none” width=”100%”]“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry David Thoreau” float=”none” width=”100%”]“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Neil Gaiman” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young” float=”none” width=”100%”]“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Hemingway” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The first draft of anything is shit.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Hemingway” float=”none” width=”100%”]“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anne Frank” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” W. Somerset Maugham” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” float=”none” width=”100%”]“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath” float=”none” width=”100%”]“let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William Wordsworth” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Beatrix Potter” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Margaret Atwood” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A word after a word after a word is power.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Paulo Coelho” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Tears are words that need to be written.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”C.S. Lewis” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You can make anything by writing.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Virginia Woolf” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Joss Whedon” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Caroline Gordon” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Philip José Farmer” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Baudelaire” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Always be a poet, even in prose.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Jack London” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Daphne du Maurier” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, Skeleton Crew” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anais Nin” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Isaac Asimov” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tim O’Brien” float=”none” width=”100%”]“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Harvey Pekar” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Howard Nemerov” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lorrie Moore” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Camus” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”F. Scott Fitzgerald” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Cornelia Funke, Inkspell” float=”none” width=”100%”]“So what? All writers are lunatics!”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sharon Olds” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Pablo Picasso” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Steinbeck” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Isabel Allende” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Write what should not be forgotten.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Dorothy Parker” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I hate writing, I love having written.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” James Michener” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Nathaniel Hawthorne” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Michael Cunningham” float=”none” width=”100%”]“One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Richard Price” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Friedrich Nietzsche” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Julia Quinn” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You always get more respect when you don’t have a happy ending.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William Faulkner” float=”none” width=”100%”]“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”G.K. Chesterton, Heretics” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Ernest Hemingway” float=”none” width=”100%”]“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange” float=”none” width=”100%”]“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William Goldman, The Princess Bride” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Thomas Jefferson” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Isaac Asimov” float=”none” width=”100%”]“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Joss Whedon” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ray Bradbury” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jules Renard” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Anthony Trollope” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” E.B. White” float=”none” width=”100%”]“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Leonard Cohen” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Franz Kafka” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Nora Roberts” float=”none” width=”100%”]“You can fix anything but a blank page.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Kurt Vonnegut” float=”none” width=”100%”]“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Arthur Schopenhauer, Religion: A Dialogue and Other Essays” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Hemingway” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Cioran” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A book is a suicide postponed.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=” Voltaire” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sidney Sheldon” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Grand. There’s a word I really hate. It’s a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Arthur Schopenhauer” float=”none” width=”100%”]“One should use common words to say uncommon things”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Emily Dickinson” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jessamyn West” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”E.M. Forster” float=”none” width=”100%”]“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Martin Luther” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Brenda Ueland” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lynn Abbey” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. ”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Laurie Halse Anderson” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Write about the emotions you fear the most.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Agatha Christie” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. ”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Aristotle” float=”none” width=”100%”]“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jackie Collins” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Richard Bach” float=”none” width=”100%”]“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated” float=”none” width=”100%”]“With writing, we have second chances.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Raymond Carver” float=”none” width=”100%”]“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Paul Valery” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Poems are never finished – just abandoned”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mik Everett” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robin McKinley” float=”none” width=”100%”]“The story is always better than your ability to write it.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”George Gordon Byron” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Baudelaire” float=”none” width=”100%”]“If the word doesn’t exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn’t exist.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dreams in a Time of War” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Written words can also sing.”[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Joss Whedon” float=”none” width=”100%”]“Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.”[/wpsm_quote]