55 Writing Quotes

  • The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write. – Ernest Gaines

 

  • There is no great writing, only great rewriting. – Justice Brandeis

 

  • Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. – Mark Twain

 

  • Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. – E. L. Doctorow

 

  • Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts. – Larry L. King

 

  • We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. – Anais Nin

 

  • For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me. – Jack Dann

 

  • Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what. – Julia Cameron

 

  • The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. – Joyce Carol Oates

 

  • Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. – William Wordsworth

 

  • Best advice on writing I’ve ever received. Finish. – Peter Mayle

 

  • A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. – Thomas Mann

 

  • 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

 

  • Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. – Sharon O’Brien

 

  • You fail only if you stop writing. – Ray Bradbury

 

  • Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • An essential element for good writing is a good ear: One must listen to the sound of one’s own prose. – Barbara Tuchman

 

  • The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way. – Richard Harding Davis

 

  • Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother. – Richard Peck

 

  • Writing the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye is the great invention of the world. – Abraham Lincoln

 

  • Writing is really a way of thinking not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet. – Toni Morisson

 

  • The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. – Vladimir Nabakov

 

  • If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. – Somerset Maugham

 

  • I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. – James Michener

 

  • Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E.L. Doctorow

 

  • Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul. – Isabel Allende

Writing quotes

  • It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway

 

  • Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea. – John Updike

 

  • A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. – Charles Peguy

 

  • It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing. – Truman Capote

 

  • Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. – E. L. Doctorow

 

  • Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination. – Louise Brooks

 

  • Writing is always a process of discovery. I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story. – Kim Edwards

 

  • You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. – Saul Bellow

 

  • If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. – Elmore Leonard

 

  • To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make. – Truman Capote

 

  • Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. – Anne Lamott

 

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

 

  • You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

  • By writing much, one learns to write well. – Robert Southey

 

  • Writing is always a process of discovery I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story. – Kim Edwards

 

  • If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. – Tennessee Williams

 

  • The desire to write grows with writing. – Desiderius Erasmus

 

  • I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. – Harper Lee

 

  • Surely the whole point of writing your own life story is to be as honest as you possibly can, revealing everything about yourself that is most private and probably most interesting for that very reason. – Judith Krantz

 

  • Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. – E.L. Doctorow

 

  • Writing is a struggle against silence. – Carlos Fuentes

 

  • All writing comes by the grace of God. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • 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

 

  • Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. – Ray Bradbury

 

  • I realized going back and writing and explaining in details the difficulties I had lived actually became emotional again. It’s like therapy but sometimes therapy can be painful. But it’s part of life and part of the autobiography so I’ll have to finish it sooner or later. – Jenni Rivera

 

  • If you want to be a writer, you have to write everyday. You don’t go to a well once but daily. – Walter Mosley

 

  • Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch.’ Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out. – C. S. Lewis

 

  • It is perfectly okay to write garbageas long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherryh

 

  • 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