Top 120+ Interesting Quotes About Writing You Should Know?

Top 120+ Interesting Quotes About Writing You Should Know? Writing Quotes Curated by Factober.com

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September 28, 2020

120+ Writing Quotes

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  1. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  2. I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
  3. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. J.D. Salinger
  4. The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
  5. If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison
  6. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann
  7. Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. Flannery O’Connor
  8. This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard. Neil Gaiman
  9. A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
  10. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Ernest Hemingway
  11. Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. E.L. Doctorow
  12. The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. Benjamin Disraeli
  13. 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
  14. You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. Madeleine L’Engle
  15. If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. Dorothy Parker
  16. Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka
  17. How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. Henry David Thoreau
  18. If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence. Shannon L. Alder
  19. You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. Annie Proulx
  20. Fiction is the truth inside the lie. Stephen King
  21. Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. Robertson Davies
  22. Some stories have to be written because no one would believe the absurdity of it all. Shannon L. Alder
  23. 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
  24. There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
  25. Writers don’t make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don’t work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck’s book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man’s stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more. Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
  26. 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
  27. The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. Albert Camus
  28. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Stephen King
  29. Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent. Neil Gaiman
  30. Fool! Nothing but black ink runs through my veins! Hiromu Arakawa
  31. Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  32. Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences. Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  33. Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. Louis L’Amour
  34. Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the door bell. Oprah Winfrey
  35. I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. Sharon Olds
  36. Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. Virginia Woolf
  37. 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
  38. Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks. Dr Roopleen, Words to inspire the winner in YOU
  39. Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. Mark Twain
  40. At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel. Benjamin J. Carey
  41. Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s. Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  42. We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut
  43. Always be a poet, even in prose. Charles Baudelaire
  44. Quiet people have the loudest minds. Stephen King
  45. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. Anais Nin
  46. Books are for nothing but to inspire. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  47. A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar. Stephen King
  48. When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead. Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  49. When I want to read a novel, I write one. Benjamin Disraeli
  50. Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. Kurt Vonnegut
  51. There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert
  52. As with many people, Charles, who could not talk, wrote with fullness. He set down his loneliness and his perplexities, and he put on paper many things he did not know about himself. John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  53. The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Stephen King
  54. The first draft of anything is shit. Ernest Hemingway
  55. Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth
  56. Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake? Justin Alcala
  57. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso
  58. One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac
  59. The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn’t know about yourself. Shannon L. Alder
  60. Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness. Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small. Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader
  61. Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. Lloyd Alexander
  62. People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don’t like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy. Joss Whedon
  63. The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts. Dr Roopleen
  64. There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you. Beatrix Potter
  65. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. Ernest Hemingway
  66. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London
  67. After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Philip Pullman
  68. Sand lines my soul which is filled with the breath of the ocean. A.D. Posey
  69. There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you. Beatrix Potter
  70. The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him. The person you think you see is only an empty character: truth is always hidden in fiction. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game
  71. Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. Edward Albee
  72. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. Stephen King
  73. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov
  74. Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. Hermann Hesse
  75. Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters. Neil Gaiman
  76. The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. Anais Nin
  77. I’m not a stranger,” I said, and pointed to his book. “I’m someone who reads the same authors you do. Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?
  78. And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath
  79. There is nothing harder to estimate than a writer’s time, nothing harder to keep track of. There are moments—moments of sustained creation—when his time is fairly valuable; and there are hours and hours when a writer’s time isn’t worth the paper he is not writing anything on. E.B. White, One Man’s Meat
  80. You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. Saul Bellow
  81. What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. Logan Pearsall Smith
  82. I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone. Mark Twain
  83. If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. Isaac Asimov
  84. Sadly, there are writers who wouldn’t know an umlaut from an omelet. Kevin Ansbro
  85. Tears are words that need to be written. Paulo Coelho
  86. The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear. Stephen King
  87. 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
  88. I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. Anne Frank
  89. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  90. 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
  91. 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
  92. Certain unique books seem to be without forerunners or successors as far as their authors are concerned. Even though they may profoundly influence the work of other writers, for their creator they’re complete, not leading anywhere. Dodie Smith
  93. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades
  94. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. Robert Frost
  95. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. Oscar Wilde
  96. Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly, they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. Aldous Huxley
  97. All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer. Ernest Hemingway
  98. I suspect that most authors don’t really want criticism, not even constructive criticism. They want straight-out, unabashed, unashamed, fulsome, informed, naked praise, arriving by the shipload every fifteen minutes or so. Neil Gaiman
  99. I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness. Franz Kafka
  100. It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required. P.G. Wodehouse, The Girl in Blue
  101. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
  102. 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
  103. You can make anything by writing. C.S. Lewis
  104. The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is. He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody’s best friend and only true enemy — the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops. William Saroyan, The William Saroyan Reader
  105. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. Winston S. Churchill
  106. Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff. Harvey Pekar
  107. What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. Carl Sagan, Cosmos
  108. I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  109. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. W. Somerset Maugham
  110. The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King
  111. Authors: The only people you thank for leaving you emotionally devastated. Love The Stacks Bookstore
  112. Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. Howard Nemerov
  113. Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins. Neil Gaiman
  114. You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  115. The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words. William H. Gass
  116. Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
  117. 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
  118. 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
  119. If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality. Dr Roopleen
  120. Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. John Steinbeck

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