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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  • nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing.

    Charles Bukowski

    The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

    Ernest Hemingway

    The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly.

    Julian Barnes

    The first draft of anything is shit.

    Ernest Hemingway

    Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

    William Wordsworth

    Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre.

    Carlos Fuentes

    Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.

    Elie Wiesel

    It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

    Ernest Hemingway

    There's no way I can stop writing, it's a form of insanity.

    Charles Bukowski

    I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.

    Joan Didion

    My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

    Ernest Hemingway

    unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it

    Charles Bukowski

    I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.

    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.

    Baltasar Gracián

    If you really want to possess a woman, you must think like her, and the first thing to do is win over her soul. The rest, that sweet, soft wrapping that steals away your senses and your virtue, is a bonus.

    Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    great writers are indecent peoplethey live unfairlysaving the best part for paper.good human beings save the worldso that bastards like me can keep creating art,become immortal.if you read this after I am deadit means I made it.

    Charles Bukowski

    I hate writing, I love having written.

    Dorothy Parker

    Don't get it right - get it WRITTEN!

    Lee Child

    the writing of somemenis like a vast bridgethat carries youoverthe many thingsthat claw and tear.The Wine of Forever

    Charles Bukowski

    It just happens to be the way that I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.

    Haruki Murakami

    There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

    W.H. Auden

    Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.


    Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.

    Lynn Abbey

    Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

    Winston S. Churchill

    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

    A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.

    Randall Jarrell

    In the planning stage of a book, don't plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.

    Rose Tremain

    Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.

    Anne Carson

    Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.

    Alice Walker

    Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.

    Maya Angelou

    The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.

    Tom Waits

    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

    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

    There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

    Charles Dickens

    If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

    Toni Morrison

    Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.

    Mario Vargas Llosa

    I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.

    Shannon Hale

    Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.

    Carolyn See

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