100 Awesome Writing Quotes

100 Awesome Writing Quotes

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100 Awesome Writing Quotes

1 – The heart and soul of good writing is research; you should write not what you know but what you can find out about.

~ Robert J. Sawyer

2 – Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.

~ Moliere

3 – Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

~ E. L. Doctorow

4 – Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.

~ Amy Tan

5 – There’s nothing more stressful than your stomach growling. But interestingly enough, some of my best writing came when I was poor and hungry – living off water and oatmeal, mind clear.

~ Chadwick Boseman

6 – The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

~ Gustave Flaubert

7 – Good writing will bring you to places you don’t even expect sometimes.

~ James Gandolfini

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

~ Ray Bradbury

9 – Use the creative process – singing, writing, art, dance, whatever – to get to know yourself better.

~ Catie Curtis

10 – There’s nothing quite like a quiet corner in a coffee shop to gather your thoughts and begin writing.

~ Gautham Menon

Ray Bradbury Writing Quote

11 – And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.

~ F. L. Lucas

12 – Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

~ Gene Fowler

13 – Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy – which many believe goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.

~ Margaret Atwood

14 – Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

~ Isaac Asimov

15 – There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair.

~ Haruki Murakami

16 – Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.

~ Graham Greene

17 – Learn as much by writing as by reading.

~ John Dalberg-Acton

18 – It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

~ Robert Benchley

19 – Suspense arises naturally from good writing – it’s not a spice to be added separately.

~ Leigh Michaels

20 – The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.

~ A. B. Yehoshua

A. B. Yehoshua Writing Quotes

21 – If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.

~ Ernest Hemingway

22 – No one is making extraordinary things alone. They might be alone in their bedroom while they’re recording or writing, but they didn’t actually conjure that thing out of nothing – without influence – without assistance – without anything.

~ Kelela

23 – Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

~ Francis Bacon

24 – When you’re writing a screenplay, it’s like you’re dreaming the film for yourself again and again and again until it becomes almost like a memory before you make it.

~ Greta Gerwig

25 – A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

~ Thomas Mann

26 – My writing is progressing slowly, but at least it’s moving forward. I’m sure that’s the case. The only problem is that I’m never absolutely certain that what I’ve written is any good.

~ Mikhail Bulgakov

27 – Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.

~ Paulo Coelho

28 – For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.

~ Theodor W. Adorno

29 – Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening.

~ Jeanette Winterson

30 – 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

31 – No amount of money can replace the kind of happiness and satisfaction I derive out of writing.

~ Sreenivasan

32 – To me, writing and composing are much more like painting, about colors and brushes; I don’t use a computer when I write, and I don’t use a piano. I’m at a desk writing, and it’s very broad strokes and notes as colors on a palette.

~ James Horner

33 – Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.

~ Andre Breton

34 – Easy reading is damn hard writing.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

35 – Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.

~ Meg Rosoff

36 – Every writer I know has trouble writing.

~ Joseph Heller

37 – Writing is like sewing together what I call these ‘buttons,’ these bits and pieces.

~ Sandra Cisneros

38 – Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind.

~ Natalie Goldberg

39 – I’ve always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.

~ Seamus Heaney

40 – The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So, think about what you’ve done in your life and write about that.

~ Jackie Collins

41 – Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.

~ John Updike

42 – You fail only if you stop writing.

~ Ray Bradbury

43 – Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

~ E. L. Doctorow

44 – Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.

~ Hermann Hesse

45 – Writing is like any other sort of sport. In order for you to get better at it, you have to exercise the muscle.

~ Jason Reynolds

46 – Writers are always writing about infidelity. It’s so dramatic. The wickedness of it, the secrecy, the complications, the finding that you thought you were one person but you’re also this other person. The innocent life and the guilty life. My God, it’s just full of stuff for a writer. I doubt it will ever go out of fashion.

~ Alice Munro

47 – Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

~ E. L. Doctorow

48 – The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.

~ Robert Cormier

49 – Writing is manual labor of the mind – like laying pipe.

~ John Gregory Dunne

50 – Writing can’t change the world overnight, but writing may have an enormous effect over time, over the long haul.

~ Leslie Marmon Silko

51 – Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.

~ E. B. White

52 – There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.

~ James Salter

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

~ Ernest Hemingway

54 – Writers don’t write writing, they write reading. When I was a kid, I read four or five books a week. And that is how I became a writer.

~ Avi

55 – I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.

~ Lena Waithe

56 – I have likened writing a novel to going on a journey, with some notion of the destination I will arrive at, but not the whole picture – which emerges gradually as a series of revelations, as the journey goes along.

~ Rose Tremain

57 – Hard writing makes easy reading.

~ Wallace Stegner

58 – All women are strong, and we don’t need to write stronger female roles; what we need to start writing is real women that have emotions and have real-life thoughts.

~ Ella Purnell

59 – Nothing can be as astounding as life. Except for writing. Yes, of course, except for writing, the sole consolation.

~ Orhan Pamuk

60 – When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.

~ Tom Waits

61 – Writing is a journey of discovery because until you start, you never know what will happen, and you can be surprised by what you do – expect the unexpected!

~ Mini Grey

62 – If we lose sight of the fact that writing is entertainment, then writing is doomed.

~ T. C. Boyle

63 – Sometimes I wonder if I’m a character being written, or if I’m writing myself.

~ Marilyn Manson

64 – In all my life, I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing.

~ Langston Hughes

65 – I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.

~ Steven Wright

66 – Writing is fantasizing about what your film will be like. Shooting is reality. And the post-production is recovering the idea you had.

~ Nicolas Winding Refn

67 – Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

~ Benjamin Franklin

68 – If I don’t feel like writing on a certain day, I just go to the cafe and hang around.

~ Elizabeth Berg

69 – Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.

~ Cyril Connolly

70 – My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.

~ Ryszard Kapuscinski

71 – I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.

~ Robert Frost

72 – Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

~ E. L. Doctorow

73 – Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.

~ Harold Pinter

74 – You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.

~ Carl Friedrich Gauss

75 – Writing songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers.

~ Tom Waits

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

~ Gloria Steinem

77 – Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.

~ Maya Angelou

78 – Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.

~ Paul J. Meyer

79 – Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.

~ Laurence Sterne

80 – Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11.

~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Gloria Steinem Writing Quotes

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

~ W. Somerset Maugham

82 – I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.

~ Alice Walker

83 – I find contentment in the craft of writing and fulfillment in self-expression.

~ Max Boot

84 – For writing, I get up early in the morning – 5 o’clock, 4:30. I’m a morning person… So I try to do it while people are asleep. The mornings are the nicest.

~ Patti Scialfa

85 – Writing is a dog’s life, but the only life worth living.

~ Gustave Flaubert

86 – In many ways, writing is the act of saying ‘I,’ of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying, ‘Listen to me, see it my way, change your mind.’ It’s an aggressive, even a hostile act.

~ Joan Didion

87 – Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.

~ Roald Dahl

88 – I wanted to write stories for myself. At first it was purely an aesthetic thing about craft. I just wanted to become good at the art of something. And writing was very private.

~ Amy Tan

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

~ Ernest Hemingway

90 – A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.

~ Marcus Garvey

Roald Dahl Writing Quote

91 – The writing process is the time where nothing’s been set in stone. It’s a blank slate, or a blank page.

~ Leigh Whannell

92 – When I’m writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.

~ Donna Tartt

93 – Good writing is like a windowpane.

~ George Orwell

94 – Writing’s like gambling. Unpredictable and sporadic successes make you more addicted, not less.

~ M. John Harrison

95 – True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.

~ Alexander Pope

96 – Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

~ Scott Adams

97 – My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own. I try not to structure my work too rigidly.

~ Anita Desai

98 – I write in order to find out what I truly know and how I really feel about certain things. Writing requires me to go much deeper into my thoughts and memories than conversation does. Writing provides the solitude necessary to reflect on being in this world.

~ Leslie Marmon Silko

99 – I’m always looking at ways of shaking up the writing experience because I think it helps.

~ Michael Connelly

100 – I have turned away from the thought of writing fiction in the past through what I suppose is, actually, fear. The direct, raw invitation for the reader to come in and explore my imagination is fairly scary for me so I have busied myself with so much else.

~ Dawn French

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