Inspirational Quotes

    • “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” — Allen Ginsberg

       

    • “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” — Natalie Goldberg

       

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

       

    • “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” — Ernest Hemingway

       

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

       

    • “Write what should not be forgotten.” — Isabel Allende

       

    • “The story must strike a nerve in me. My heart should start pounding when I hear the first line in my head. I start trembling at the risk.” — Susan Sontag

       

    • “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.” — Elmore Leonard

       

    • “Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.” — Mark Twain

       

    • “I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on until I am.” — Jane Austen

       

    • “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” — William Faulkner
    • “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing — writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” — Lawrence Block
    • “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” — Pearl S. Buck
    • “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry Pratchett
    • “The first draft of everything is shit.” — Ernest Hemingway
    • “I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them — without a thought about publication — and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look from the outside.” — Anne Tyler
    • “I just give myself permission to suck. I delete about 90 percent of my first drafts, so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds of my readers forever, because there’s a 90 percent chance I’m just going to delete whatever I write anyway. I find this hugely liberating.” — John Green
    • “Be willing to write really badly.” — Jennifer Egan
    • “On first drafts: It is completely raw, the sort of thing I feel free to do with the door shut — it’s the story undressed, standing up in nothing but its socks and undershorts.” — Stephen King
    • “I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” — Tom Clancy
    • “Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.” — Amy Joy
    • “You fail only if you stop writing.” — Ray Bradbury
    • “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” — Isaac Asimov
    • “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
    • “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
    • “I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.” — Chinua Achebe
    • “The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.” — Augusten Burroughs
    • “It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.” — Gerald Brenan
    • “Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.” — James Baldwin
    • “You just have to go on when it is worst and most helpless — there is only one thing to do with a novel and that is go straight on through to the end of the damn thing.” — Ernest Hemingway
    • “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” — Kurt Vonnegut
    • “The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ from Flaubert. Which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’” — Helen Simpson
    • “I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down.” — J.K. Rowling
    • “Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.” — Ray Bradbury
    • “It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.” — Virginia Woolf
    • “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach
    • “Write drunk, edit sober” might be one of the most famous writing quotes about editing, but we can’t all outdrink Ernest Hemingway. Which is why these other words of wisdom and writing quotes exist! ― Unknown
    • “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” ― Jodi Picoult
    • “When your story is ready for a 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
    • “The best advice on writing was given to me by my first editor, Michael Korda, of Simon and Schuster, while writing my first book. ‘Finish your first draft and then we’ll talk,’ he said. It took me a long time to realize how good the advice was. Even if you write it wrong, write and finish your first draft. Only then, when you have a flawed whole, do you know what you have to fix.” — Dominick Dunne
    • “Editing might be a bloody trade, but knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too.” — Blake Morrison
    • “The main thing I try to do is write as clearly as I can. I rewrite a good deal to make it clear.” — E.B. White
    • “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
    • “Half my life is an act of revision.” — John Irving
    • “I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” — Truman Capote
    • “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” — C. J. Cherryh
    • “I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.” ― Don Roff
    • “Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we’.” — Mark Twain
    • “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ― Dr. Seuss
    • “Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.” — Henry David Thoreau
    • “I would write a book, or a short story, at least three times — once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say. Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one’s fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to reform it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.” — Bernard Malamud
    • “No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.” — Russell Lynes
    • “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” — Annie Dillard
    • “No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.” — H.G. Wells
    • “A writer is a world trapped in a person.” — Victor Hugo
    • “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” — Thomas Mann
    • “People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” — R.L. Stine
    • “As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” ― Ernest Hemingway
    • “I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” — Gustave Flaubert
    • “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.” — Sylvia Plath
    • “I go out to my little office, where I’ve got a manuscript, and the last page I was happy with is on top. I read that, and it’s like getting on a taxiway. I’m able to go through and revise it and put myself — click — back into that world.” — Stephen King
    • “I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” — William Carlos Williams
    • “Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.” — Gore Vidal
    • “For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.” — Catherine Drinker Bowen
    • “The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea.” — Thomas Mann
    • “Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.” — T.S. Eliot
    • “Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” — Margaret Chittenden
    • “A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” — Eugene Ionesco
    • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin
    • “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” — Roald Dahl
    • “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” — Gloria Steinerom cavemen to our modern day in the 21st-century, we have written our joys and sorrows throughout history. What compels us to write? Here’s what some of the most beloved writers we know have to say.
    • “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank
    • “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” — Anais Nin
    • “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
    • “The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.” — Zadie Smith
    • “The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis.” — William Styron
    • “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Robin Williams
    • “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” — Aldous Huxley
    • “You can make anything by writing.” — C.S. Lewis
    • “Writers live twice.” —  Natalie Goldberg
    • “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” — Winston Churchill
    • “Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.” — Oscar Wilde
    • “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” — Ray Bradbury
    • “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov
    • “My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.” — Anton Chekhov
    • “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” — Somerset Maugham
    • “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” — Stephen King
    • “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
    • “Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.” — Esther Freud
    • “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. […] All they do is show you’ve been to college.” — Kurt Vonnegut
    • “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” — Herman Melville
    • “Write drunk, edit sober.” — Ernest Hemingway
    • “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain
    • “The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” — Neil Gaiman
    • “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” — Jane Yolen
    • “Style means the right word. The rest matters little.” — Jules Renard
    • “My aim in constructing sentences is to make the sentence utterly easy to understand, writing what I call transparent prose. I’ve failed dreadfully if you have to read a sentence twice to figure out what I meant.” — Ken Follett
    • “And one of [the things you learn as you get older] is, you really need less… My model for this is late Beethoven. He moves so strangely and quite suddenly sometimes from place to place in his music, in the late quartets. He knows where he’s going and he just doesn’t want to waste all that time getting there… One is aware of this as one gets older. You can’t waste time.” — Ursula K. Le Guin
    • “Part 1. I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English — it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.
    • Part 2. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart.
    • Part 3. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.” — Mark Twain
    • “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” — John Wooden
    • “Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil — but there is no way around them.” — Isaac Asimov
    • “Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heart break at rejection. You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.” — Jennifer Salaiz
    • “I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” — Sylvia Plath
    • “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent, he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” — Harper Lee
    • “I used to save all my rejection slips because I told myself, one day I’m going to autograph these and auction them. And then I lost the box.” — James Lee Burke
    • “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.” — Barbara Kingsolver
    • “To ward off a feeling of failure, she joked that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejection slips, which she chose not to see as messages to stop, but rather as tickets to the game.” — Anita Shreve
    • “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” — Neil Gaiman
    • “The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.” — William Faulkner
    • “I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours — so enjoy the view.” — Michael York
    •  “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.” — Erica Jong
    •  “I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.” — Anita Diamant
    • “I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long.” — Louise Brown
    • “I had immediate success in the sense that I sold something right off the bat. I thought it was going to be a piece of cake and it really wasn’t. I have drawers full of — or I did have — drawers full of rejection slips.” — Fred Saberhagen
    • “An absolutely necessary part of a writer’s equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.” — Irwin Shaw
    • “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” — C. S. Lewis
    • “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
    • “If the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.” — Wally Lamb
    • “A word after a word after a word is power.” — Margaret Atwood
    • “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen an “Get through a draft as quickly as possible.” — Joshua Wolf Shenk

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