Quotes About Writing, By Writers, For Writers

Posted by on July 29, 2017

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Quotes about writing

 

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

– Douglas Adams

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

– Robert Cormier

In the end, you have to just sit down, shut up, and write.

– Natalie Goldberg

In the end, you have to just sit down, shut up, and write. - Natalie Goldberg Click To Tweet

 A person who publishes a book appears willfully in the public eye with his pants down.

– Edna St Vincent Millay

It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.

– L. P. Hartley

Well, the first paragraph is done. Time for a brownie.

– Marge Simpson

 

 

Easy writing makes hard reading.

– Ernest Hemingway

There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.

– Brian Aldiss

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

– Stephen King

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

– Ernest Hemingway

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

– Maya Angelou

If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.

– Natalie Goldberg

If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.  - Natalie Goldberg

 

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.

– Ray Bradbury

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.

– Matthew Arnold

Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.

– Thomas Berger

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

– Philip Pullman

Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.

– Neil Gaiman

The pen is mightier than the sword and considerably easier to write with.

– Marty Feldman

The pen is mightier than the sword and considerably easier to write with. - Marty Feldman Click To Tweet

There is probably no hell for authors in the next world — they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.

– C. N. Bovee

Either a writer doesn’t want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want.

– Anatole Broyard

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.

– Samuel Johnson

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.  - Samuel Johnson

 

 

To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.

– William Zinsser

I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.

– Tom Clancy

The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.

– Joyce Carol Oates

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.

– Josh Billings

There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.

– Jim Thompson

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

-Elmore Leonard

As for the adjective, when in doubt leave it out.

– Mark Twain

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.

– Mary Heaton Vorse

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.

– Steve Martin

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

– Annie Dillard

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  - Annie Dillard

 

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.

– Edgar Rice Burroughs

It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.

– C. J. Cherryh

Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.

– Richard Curtis

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

– Thomas Edison

Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.

– Mickey Spillane

Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.

– Lawrence Kasdan

Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.

– Ray Bradbury

If you don’t like my book, write your own.

– Rita Mae Brown

If you don’t like my book, write your own. - Rita Mae Brown Click To Tweet

The first draft of anything is shit.

– Ernest Hemingway

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.

– Stephen Wright

The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.

– Mickey Spillane

It takes an awful lot of time to not write a book

– Douglas Adams

It takes an awful lot of time to not write a book  - Douglas Adams

 

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