Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Quotes about Writing

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”  ~~ W. Somerset Maugham 

“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”  ~~ Meg Cabot

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~~ Gloria Steinem

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~~ Ernest Hemmingway

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” ~~ Philip Roth

“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 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

“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

“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.” ~~ Anne McCaffrey

“Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.” ~~ Melinda Haynes

“If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.” ~~ Stephen King

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

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~~ Anais Nin

“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”  ~~ William Faulkner 

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  ~~ Rat Bradbury 

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ~~ Robert Frost

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~~ George Orwell

“The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.” ~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“People do not deserve to have good writing; they are so pleased with bad.” ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”  ~~ Lois L’Amour 

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~~ E.L. Doctorow

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” ~~ Roald Dahl, WD

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” ~~ E. L. Doctorow

Hope you enjoyed reading this collection of quotes.

Happy Reading!