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21 Favorite Quotes on Writing

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21-writing-quotesMillions of words have been written about writing.

The following quotes have kept me at the task. They are presented in no particular order. I’d love for you to add your own in the comments.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” – Geoffrey Chaucer (a relative of mine!)

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.” – Madeline L’Engle

“Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.” – John Steinbeck

“Don’t get it right, get it written.” – Ally Carter

“Don’t say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers ‘Please will you do the job for me.'” – C.S. Lewis

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” – Mark Twain

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” – Stéphane Mallarmé

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The first draft of anything is s***.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
Last-minute panic.”
– Bill Watterson

“You must write every single day of your life . . . You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads . . . may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” – Ray Bradbury

“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

“Some people have a way with words, and other people . . . oh, uh, not have way.” – Steve Martin

Which one is your favorite? Know any that should definitely be added?

Need further inspiration? Try GoodReads’ quotes on writing, one of the best resources I’ve found for seeking, curating and collecting these delectable, intellectual morsels.

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