30 Writing Quotes

  1. ” The Main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter” Neil Gaiman
  2. “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” Anne Lamott
  3. “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story” Frank Herbert
  4. “Writing permits me to be more than I am. Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.” Alice Walker
  5. “There are reasons people seek escape in books, and one of those reasons is that the boundary of what can happen is beyond what we do, or would want to see in real life” James Patterson
  6. “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up” Jane Yolen
  7. “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.” Isaac Asimov
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
  11. “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” Orson Scott Card
  12. “Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” Ayn Rand
  13. “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. 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.” Ray Bradbury
  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. “Don’t forget, no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” Charles De Lint
  16. “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
  17. “If you right one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor” Edgar Rice Burroughs
  18. ” You may not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Jodi Picoult
  19. “Read, read, and read. Read everything, trash, classics, good and bad, 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
  20. “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
  21. “When you start writing, the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words themselves.” Alice Hoffman
  22. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King
  23. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou
  24. “Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.” Mark Twain  
  25. “Don’t write for the market, write for your readers. It’s not about writing a best-seller, it’s about sharing something that you can touch hearts and shift minds.” Bryana Beecham
  26. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” Ernest Hemingway
  27. “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” Beatrix Potter
  28. “Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.” Ralph Keyes
  29. “You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.” Doris Lessing
  30. “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end, you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.” Junot Diaz

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