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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  • I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.

    Hunter S. Thompson

    When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

    Ernest Hemingway

    Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.

    Haruki Murakami

    Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.

    Ernest Hemingway

    I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.

    John Kennedy Toole

    The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.

    Tim O'Brien

    I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.

    Alexandre Dumas

    A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

    G.K. Chesterton

    There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.

    Haruki Murakami

    The trouble with writing fiction is that it has to make sense, whereas real life doesn't.

    Iain M. Banks

    If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.

    Charles Baudelaire

    it is all very well for you to write simply and the simpler the better. But do not start to think so damned simply. Know how complicated it is and then state it simply.

    Ernest Hemingway

    Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.

    Jules Renard

    Sometimes a book isn't a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.Sometimes it's the only story you knew how to tell.

    Tahereh Mafi

    A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader's. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.

    Ian McEwan

    The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.

    Abigail Adams

    When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.

    Charles Baxter

    After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.

    Ernest Hemingway

    Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.

    George R.R. Martin

    Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace.

    Louisa May Alcott

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

    Ernest Hemingway

    If you're young and talented, it's like you have wings.

    Haruki Murakami

    Wasn't writing a kind of soaring, an achievable form of flight, of fancy, of the imagination?

    Ian McEwan

    Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

    W. Somerset Maugham

    There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

    W. Somerset Maugham

    What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.

    Alfred Hitchcock

    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

    In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.

    Oscar Wilde

    He asked, "What makes a man a writer?" "Well," I said, "it's simple. You either get it down on paper, or jump off a bridge."

    Charles Bukowski

    Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.

    Daphne du Maurier

    Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.

    Jean-Paul Sartre

    If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.

    Ernest Hemingway

    If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.

    Kingsley Amis

    There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.

    Ernest Hemingway

    Write about the emotions you fear the most.

    Laurie Halse Anderson

    Isn't it mysterious to begin a new journal like this? I can run my fingers through the fresh clean pages but I cannot guess what the writing on them will be.

    Maud Hart Lovelace

    I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

    Pearl S. Buck

    Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.

    Ann Patchett

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