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64 Inspirational Quotes on Writing (CREATIVE)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes on Writing (BEST)

“Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It’s a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works. I like a mystery, as you may have noticed.”

J.K. Rowling
I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock. - Peter De Vries
I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock. – Peter De Vries
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. — Ernest Hemingway
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. — Ernest Hemingway
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. - Anne Frank
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. - Richard Bach
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers. - Ray Bradbury
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers. – Ray Bradbury
Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth. - Paula Danziger
Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth. – Paula Danziger
If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. - Dan Poynter
If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. – Dan Poynter
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works. - Virginia Woolf
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works. – Virginia Woolf

23 Best Quotes to Bring Out The Writer In You (INTROSPECTION)

“[As a writer] you have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done.”

Nora Roberts
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. - Stephen King
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. – Stephen King
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others read a lot and write a lot. - Stephen King
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. – Stephen King
I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule. - Herman Wouk
I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule. – Herman Wouk
It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way. - Ernest Hemingway
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 is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. - Douglas Adams
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams
Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. - Lisa See
Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. – Lisa See

“Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trashcan before it finally begins to work. It’s discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel.”

Barbara Kingsolver
Every writer I know has trouble writing. - Joseph Heller
Every writer I know has trouble writing. – Joseph Heller
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. - Thomas Mann
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. – Thomas Mann
There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise. - Brené Brown
There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise. – Brené Brown
The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better. - Stephen King
The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better. – Stephen King
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. - Edgar Rice Burroughs
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. – Edgar Rice Burroughs
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. - Thomas Jefferson
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. – Thomas Jefferson

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

Stephen King
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
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
Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.
Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. - Terry Pratchett
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. – Terry Pratchett
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. — Stephen King
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. — Stephen King
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. - Anaïs Nin
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. – Anaïs Nin
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. - Friedrich Nietzsche
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. – Friedrich Nietzsche

“My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn’t like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything.”

Stephenie Meyer

24 Inspirational Writing Quotes to Instill Passion (PROGRESS)

“The English language is an arsenal of weapons. If you are going to brandish them without checking to see whether or not they are loaded, you must expect to have them explode in your face from time to time.”

Stephen Fry
A writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. - Burton Rascoe
A writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. – Burton Rascoe
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. - Louis L’Amour
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. – Louis L’Amour
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. - Barbara Kingsolver
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver
Tears are words that need to be written. - Paulo Coelho
Tears are words that need to be written. – Paulo Coelho
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. - Isaac Asimov
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. – Isaac Asimov
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. - Henry David Thoreau
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. – Henry David Thoreau
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
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
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
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
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. ― Virginia Woolf
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. ― Virginia Woolf

“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, ‘This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.”

David Morrell
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. - Aldous Huxley
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. – Aldous Huxley
There’s no better teacher for writing than reading… Get a library card. That’s the best investment. - Alisa Valdes
There’s no better teacher for writing than reading… Get a library card. That’s the best investment. – Alisa Valdes
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. - Orson Scott
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. – Orson Scott
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. - Saul Bellow
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. – Saul Bellow
The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes. - Agatha Christie
The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes. – Agatha Christie
You can make anything by writing. - C.S. Lewis
You can make anything by writing. – C.S. Lewis
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. - Natalie Goldberg
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. – Natalie Goldberg
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. - Edith Lovejoy Pierce
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. – Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading. — Eudora Welty
Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading. — Eudora Welty
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world – they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this one. - C.N. Bovee
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world – they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this one. – C.N. Bovee
If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ― Toni Morrison
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ― Toni Morrison
Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right. — Amy Joy
Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right. — Amy Joy

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

Octavia E. Butler

7 Editing Quotes to Improve Your Writing Skills

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. - Jodi Picoult
You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. – Jodi Picoult
It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly. — C. J. Cherryh
It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly. — C. J. Cherryh
Editing might be a bloody trade, but knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too. — Blake Morrison
Editing might be a bloody trade, but knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too. — Blake Morrison
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. - Arthur Plotnik
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. – Arthur Plotnik
No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. — Russell Lynes
No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. — Russell Lynes
Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. — Mark Twain
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. — Mark Twain
Write drunk, edit sober. — Ernest Hemingway
Write drunk, edit sober. — Ernest Hemingway

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