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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