100+ Writing Quotes & Sayings

100+ Writing Quotes & Sayings

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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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  • The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.

    Agatha Christie

    You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can't sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.

    Ray Bradbury

    There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.

    Beatrix Potter

    All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.

    Julio Cortázar

    The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.

    Ray Bradbury

    What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.

    Ted Hughes

    Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing.

    Garrison Keillor

    Writing has nothing to do with meaning. It has to do with landsurveying and cartography, including the mapping of countries yet to come.

    Gilles Deleuze

    I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

    Anne Frank

    Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.

    Philip José Farmer

    Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.

    Allen Ginsberg

    There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well.

    Agatha Christie

    We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter

    Allen Ginsberg

    Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You don't drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor's yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.

    Anne Lamott

    If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.

    John Steinbeck

    The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering.

    Brenda Ueland

    An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.

    Brenda Ueland

    To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.

    Akira Kurosawa

    One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

    Jack Kerouac

    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

    Philip Pullman

    Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.

    Walter Benjamin

    Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?

    Anne Lamott

    Never put off writing until you are better at it.

    Gary Henderson

    I don't profess any religion; I don't think it’s possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality.'[Interview, The New Yorker, Dec. 26, 2005]

    Philip Pullman

    You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.

    Truman Capote

    Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

    John Steinbeck

    The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink.

    Walter Mosley

    Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

    Truman Capote

    You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

    Jack London

    The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

    Steven Pressfield

    Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.

    Gloria Steinem

    Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.

    Ray Bradbury

    If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!

    Jackie Collins

    We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.

    Steven Pressfield

    You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

    Ray Bradbury

    Write what should not be forgotten.

    Isabel Allende

    I have spent a good many years since

    Stephen King

    You're miserable, edgy and tired. You're in the perfect mood for journalism.

    Warren Ellis

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