Writing Quotes

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“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Ernest Hemingway

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Stephen King

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

Anais Nin

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

Lloyd Alexander

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”

Saul Bellow

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

Robert Frost

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

Stephen King

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

Anton Chekhov

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

E.L. Doctorow

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

Louis L'Amour

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

Frank Herbert

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

Winston S. Churchill

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”

Neil Gaiman

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

Ernest Hemingway

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

Stephen King

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Anne Frank

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”

Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

William Wordsworth

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

Beatrix Potter

“A word after a word after a word is power.”

Margaret Atwood

“Tears are words that need to be written.”

Paulo Coelho

“You can make anything by writing.”

C.S. Lewis

“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”

Virginia Woolf

“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. ”

Joss Whedon

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”

Caroline Gordon

“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”

Philip José Farmer

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”

Charles Baudelaire

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Jack London

“Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.”

Daphne du Maurier

“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”

Stephen King, Skeleton Crew

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”

Anais Nin

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”

Isaac Asimov

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

Tim O'Brien

“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.”

Harvey Pekar

“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”

Howard Nemerov

“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”

Lorrie Moore

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”

Albert Camus

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“So what? All writers are lunatics!”

Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

“I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ”

Sharon Olds

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

Pablo Picasso

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck

“Write what should not be forgotten.”

Isabel Allende

“I hate writing, I love having written.”

Dorothy Parker

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

James Michener

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.”

Michael Cunningham

“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”

Stephen King

“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.”

Richard Price

“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

“You always get more respect when you don’t have a happy ending.”

Julia Quinn

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”

William Faulkner

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”

G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

Ernest Hemingway

“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

“Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.”

William Goldman, The Princess Bride

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

Thomas Jefferson

“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”

Isaac Asimov

“Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”

Joss Whedon

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”

Ray Bradbury

“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.”

Jules Renard

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”

Anthony Trollope

“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”

E.B. White

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

Leonard Cohen

“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”

Franz Kafka

“You can fix anything but a blank page.”

Nora Roberts

“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

Kurt Vonnegut

“The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, Religion: A Dialogue and Other Essays

“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”

Ernest Hemingway

“A book is a suicide postponed.”

Cioran

“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”

Voltaire

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”

Sidney Sheldon

“Grand. There’s a word I really hate. It’s a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.”

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“One should use common words to say uncommon things”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

Emily Dickinson

“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.”

Jessamyn West

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”

E.M. Forster

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

Martin Luther

“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.”

Brenda Ueland

“Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. ”

Lynn Abbey

“Write about the emotions you fear the most.”

Laurie Halse Anderson

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”

Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. ”

Agatha Christie

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”

Aristotle

“If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!”

Jackie Collins

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

Richard Bach

“With writing, we have second chances.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.”

Raymond Carver

“Poems are never finished – just abandoned”

Paul Valery

“If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.”

Mik Everett

“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”

W.H. Auden, The Dyer's Hand

“The story is always better than your ability to write it.”

Robin McKinley

“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.”

George Gordon Byron

“If the word doesn’t exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn’t exist.”

Charles Baudelaire

“Written words can also sing.”

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dreams in a Time of War

“Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.”

Joss Whedon

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