Writing Quotes

Writing Quotes: A Unique Collection of Quotes About Writing.

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. -Ernest Hemingway

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. -Anais Nin

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. -Truman Capote

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone. -Amy Tan

Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory. -Tennessee Williams

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. -Isaac Asimov

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. -Robert Frost

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. -Marsha Norman

I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing. -Ray Bradbury

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing. -Horace

In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed. -William S. Burroughs

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. -Anaïs Nin

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. -James A. Michener

The desire to write grows with writing. -Desiderius Erasmus

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. -Gloria Steinem

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. -Henry David Thoreau

There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them. -Mason Cooley

And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. -J. K. Rowling

Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself. -Terry Pratchett

I feel like I'm too busy writing history to read it. -Kanye West

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. -Gustave Flaubert

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. -Ernest Hemingway

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. -Jules Renard

No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons. -Ishmael Reed

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. -Meg Cabot

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -Winston Churchill

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. -Hermann Hesse

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live. -Theodor Adorno

The first draft of anything is shit. -Ernest Hemingway

After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in. -Henry Miller

You know, it's hard work to write a book. I can't tell you how many times I really get going on an idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic. -Ellen DeGeneres

You can make anything by writing. -C.S. Lewis

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. -Albert Camus

Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window. -William Faulkner

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s. -Stephen King

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. -Anaïs Nin

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

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for. -Mark Twain

You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. -Stephen King

You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. -Ray Bradbury

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. -Isaac Asimov

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

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