100+ Writing Quotes & Sayings

100+ Writing Quotes & Sayings


You're never really writing something as much as you're rewriting it. The first draft is just the beginning of the process, and everything that comes after is a response to what came before. -Margaret Atwood

Here are some Writing Quotes some of the World’s most successful writers and authors like Hemingway,

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  • 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

    Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.

    Margaret Atwood

    The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.

    George Gordon Byron

    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

    Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.

    Virginia Woolf

    A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.

    Diane Setterfield

    I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.

    Erica Jong

    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

    For it would seem - her case proved it - that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.

    Virginia Woolf

    All I need is a sheet of paperand something to write with, and thenI can turn the world upside down.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That's actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.

    John Green

    Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.

    Joss Whedon

    A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

    Virginia Woolf

    Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.

    Joss Whedon

    Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

    Lisa See

    Everybody gets told to write about what they know. The trouble with many of us is that at the earlier stages of life we think we know everything- or to put it more usefully, we are often unaware of the scope and structure of our ignorance.

    Thomas Pynchon

    Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

    George Orwell

    No doubt I shall go on writing, stumbling across tundras of unmeaning, planting words like bloody flags in my wake....

    Alexander Trocchi

    I write to find out what I'm talking about.

    Edward Albee

    Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.

    Harper Lee

    The story is always better than your ability to write it.

    Robin McKinley

    The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.

    Vladimir Nabokov

    Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

    T.S. Eliot

    If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

    George Orwell

    Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.

    Vladimir Nabokov

    Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.

    Dodie Smith

    A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

    George Orwell

    I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.

    Mary Oliver

    But isn't it true that an author can write only about himself?

    Milan Kundera

    Loneliness sometimes gives me a quantity of creativeness - you're drinking another glass of wine and you're feeling even worse. Art doesn't work without pain; art also exists for compensating pain.

    Till Lindemann

    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 Nabokov

    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

    The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.


    Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Saul Bellow

    I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

    Ernest Hemingway

    A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.


    Remember to get the weather in your damn book--weather is very important.

    Ernest Hemingway

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