A large collection of best 200 writing quotes and sayings

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If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.  — Isaac Asimov,writing quotes


A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.  — Sidney Sheldon


A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.  — Mignon McLaughlin,writing quotes


A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.  — G.K. Chesterton


A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.  — W. Somerset Maugham,writing quotes


A man who is a genius and doesn't know it, probably isn't.  — Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


A metaphor is like a simile.  — Author Unknown,writing quotes


A notepad by the bedside accounts for half the earnings of my livelihood. If it weren't for bedtime, half my novels would still be stuck at dock.  — Terri Guillemets


A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.  — Henry David Thoreau


A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.  — Edna St. Vincent Millay


A poet can survive everything but a misprint. — Oscar Wilde,writing quotes


A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” ― Stephen King


A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.  — Jean Luc Godard,writing quotes


A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.  — Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish


A well-disposed research librarian is a writer's best friend, as essential as ink.  — Barbara Rogan,writing quotes


A word after a word after a word is power.” ― Margaret Atwood,writing quotes


A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.  — Gaston Bachelard


A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  — Charles Peguy


A wounded deer leaps the highest. —  Emily Dickinson,writing quotes


A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.  — John K. Hutchens


A writer doesn't solve problems. He allows them to emerge.  — Friedrich Durrenmatt,writing quotes


A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.  — Thomas Mann


A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.  — Karl Kraus,writing quotes


A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.  — Eugene Ionesco


A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer. — Joseph Conrad


A writer's mind seems to be situated partly in the solar plexus and partly in the head.  — Ethel Wilson,writing quotes


After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman


All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson,writing quotes


All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things. — Bobby Knight


All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.  — Buddha


All the information you need can be given in dialogue. — Elmore Leonard,writing quotes


All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences. — Somerset Maugham


All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ― Ernest Hemingway,writing quotes


Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. — A. A. Milne


Always be a poet, even in prose.” ― Charles Baudelaire,writing quotes


An artist's career always begins tomorrow — James Whistler


An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.  — Gustave Flaubert,writing quotes


An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. — Charles de Montesquieu


An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.  — Adlai Stevenson, quoted in Ronald D. Fuchs, You Said a Mouthful
An incurable itch for scribbling takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breasts.  — Juvenal, Satires


An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.  — Franois-Rene,writing quotes


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


Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about. — Alice Munro


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 writer. — Ray Bradbury


As a playwright, Williams had the minor defects of his major virtues. He sometimes ran a purple ribbon through his typewriter and gushed where he should have dammed.  — T.E. Kalem


As children, some of us liked magic and fantasy, more than reality. So, we became writers.  — Dr. SunWolf,writing quotes


As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.  — Virginia Woolf


As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.  — Mark Twain,writing quotes


At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night. — H. P. Lovecraft


Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.  — Samuel Johnson


Authors are magpies, echoing each other's words and seizing avidly on anything that glitters.  — Bergen Evans,writing quotes


Authors who never give you something to disagree with never give you anything to think about. — Michael LaRocca


Authorship is exhibitionism, and readers a species of voyeur.  — Terri Guillemets,writing quotes


Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing. —  F. Scott Fitzgerald


Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet. — Anonymous


Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” ― Neil Gaiman


Being an author is being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.  — Terri Guillemets,writing quotes


Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear — and devils, too.  — Terri Guillemets


Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.  — George Bernard Shaw


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. — Cyril Connolly,writing quotes


Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.  — Samuel Butler


Caress your phrase tenderly: it will end by smiling at you.  — Anatole France,writing quotes


Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. 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


Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.  — Oscar Wilde,writing quotes


Curiosity has its own reason for existence. The important thing is not to stop questioning.  — Albert Einstein,writing quotes


Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?  — Friedrich Nietzsche


Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs.  — Jerome Stern


Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” ― Franz Kafka


Don't expect the typewriter to ever completely disappear…  — Hal Fair,writing quotes


Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.  — Jack London


Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov


Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. — C. S. Lewis


Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man's life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.  — Leo Tolstoy


Easy reading is damned hard writing.  — Anonymous,writing quotes


Either marry your work – take it seriously and do it every day – or date it – write only when you feel like it – but know which you are doing and the repercussions of both.  — Anonymous


Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,writing quotes


Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may.  — Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversation: Diogenes and Plato
Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote.  — Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


Every word born of an inner necessity — writing must never be anything else.  — Etty Hillesum,writing quotes


Every word written is a victory against death.  — Michel Butor,writing quotes


Every writer I know has trouble writing.  — Joseph Heller,writing quotes


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 Card


Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.  — Flannery O'Connor


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


Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander,writing quotes


Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up. — Nancy Kress


Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ― Stephen King,writing quotes


Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  — William Wordsworth


Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.  — Rainer Maria Rilke


Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. — Truman Capote,writing quotes


First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! — – Ray Bradbury,writing quotes


Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.  — Paul Valery


For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle.  — John Cheever,writing quotes


For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me.  — Jack Dann


For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.  — Catherine Drinker Bowen


Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. — Melinda Haynes,writing quotes


Genius is not a quality, but only a quantitative difference in a combination of attributes contained in all persons. — Dr. Ernst Jones


Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. — William Faulkner


God sells us all things at the price of the labor. — Leonardo da Vinci,writing quotes


Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Half my life is an act of revision. — John Irving,writing quotes


Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are been taught to be ashamed of not being 'outgoing'. But a writer's job is ingoing. — Ursula K. LeGuin


Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all.  — Franklin P. Adams


He that uses many words for the explaining any subject doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink.  — John Ray


Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.” ― Kurt Vonnegut


History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ― Winston S. Churchill,writing quotes


How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?  — Woody Allen


How do I know what I think until I see what I say?  — E. M. Forster,writing quotes


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


I am a galley slave to pen and ink. — Honore de Balzac,writing quotes


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


I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.  — Harold Ross


I believe that in a good collaboration, the authors bring their strengths to the story; one author's strength cancels the other author's weakness, and back and forth it goes.  — Jack Dann


I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank,writing quotes


I can’t help but to write, I have a inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down. — Kaari Utrio


I can’t write five words but that I change seven. — Dorothy Parker,writing quotes


I confess I seldom commune with my conscience when I write.  — Anton Chekhov


I don't have a moral plan. I'm a Canadian.  — David Cronenberg


I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are  certainly worth thinking about.  — Arthur C. Clarke


I don't think it is possible to give tips for finding one's voice; it's one of those things for which there aren't really any tricks or shortcuts, or even any advice that necessarily translates from writer to writer. All I can tell you is to write as much as possible.  — Poppy Z. Brite


I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.  — Thomas Jefferson,writing quotes


I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop. — Clarence Budington Kelland


I hate writing, I love having written.  — Dorothy Parker (paraphrase),writing quotes


I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. — Edgar Rice Burroughs


I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. — Blaise Pascal


I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of William Shakespeare, but all they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon.  — Bill Hoest


I heard that if you locked William Shakespeare in a room with a typewriter for long enough he'd eventually write all the songs by the Monkees.  — Author Unknown


I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.  — P. G. Wodehouse ,writing quotes


I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.  — Brenda Ueland


I lied about my weight on my poetic license.  — Terri Guillemets


I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. — Peter de Vries


I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams,writing quotes


I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.  — James Michener


I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this. — Cormac McCarthy


I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.  — P. G. Wodehouse


I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.  — Norman Mailer


I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. — Stephen King,writing quotes


I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  — Elmore Leonard,writing quotes


I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody's head.  — John Updike


I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.  — Oscar Wilde


I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. — Erica Jong


I would always be that same maddening, monstrous mixture of pedantry, egoism, politeness, selfishness, kindliness, sneakiness, larkiness, sociability, loneliness, ambition, ordered calm and hidden intensity. I would cover my life with words. I would spray the whole bloody world with words.  — Stephen Fry 


I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.  — Richard Wright


I write because I'm afraid to say some things out loud.  — Gordon Atkinson,writing quotes


I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.  — Joan Didion


I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.  — Ernest Hemingway


I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of. ” ― Joss Whedon


I write to tell stories. I believe that there a some professions in the world that will last forever: doctor or a nurse, teacher, builder and a storyteller. I write also to become myself, more so day by day. Writing is a way to shape out visible and invisible, in myself as well as in the world.  — Eppu Nuotio


I'd rather be caught holding up a bank than stealing so much as a two-word phrase from another writer.  — Jack Smith


If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.  — Lord Byron,writing quotes


If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don't remove it — I might be writing in my dreams.  — Terri Guillemets


If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always.  — Henry Rollins


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 science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. — Ursula K. Le Guin,writing quotes


If the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it – the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded. — Ann Radcliffe


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 writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. — William Zinsser,writing quotes


If you are pointing out one of the things a story is about, then you are very probably right; if you are pointing out the only thing a story is about you are very probably wrong – even if you're the author. — Neil Gaiman


If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. — Emile Zola


If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. — Somerset Maugham


If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.  — Anas Nin


If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King,writing quotes


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.  — Henry David Thoreau


If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. — David Brin


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 get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.  — Don Marquis


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're a freelance writer and aren't used to being ignored, neglected, and generally given short shrift, you must not have been in the business very long. — Poppy Z. Brite


I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.  — James Michener,writing quotes


I'm not a writer. Ernest Hemingway was a writer. I just have a vivid imagination and type 90 WPM.  — Tiffany Madison


Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.” ― Philip Jose Farmer,writing quotes


In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this. — Anne Lamott


In my experience, the best creative work is never done when  one is unhappy.  — Albert Einstein,writing quotes


In the same way that a woman becomes a prostitute. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and finally I did it for money.  — Ferenc Molnar 


Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.  — Terri Guillemets


Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains — God composes, why shouldn't we?  — Terri Guillemets


It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.  — Ursula K. LeGuin,writing quotes


It is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.  — Sinclair Lewis


It is indeed certain, that whoever attempts any common topick, will find unexpected coincidences of his thoughts with those of other writers; nor can the nicest judgment always distinguish accidental similitude from artful imitation.  — Samuel Johnson, 1751


It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.  — Isabel Colegate


It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. — C. J. Cherryh,writing quotes


It is plagiarism when you take something out of a book and use it as your own. If you take it out of several books then it is research.  — Quoted by Ralph Foss


It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to quote, and the reason is that he is never really doing anything else.  — Havelock Ellis


It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. — Isaac Asimov


It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so boring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order.  — Ann Beattie


It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.  — Joan Baez


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


It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. — Ernest Hemingway


It’s not plagiarism — I’m recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do.  — Uniek Swain


It's tougher than Himalayan yak jerky on january. But, as any creative person will tell you, there are days when there's absolutely nothing sweeter than creating something from nothing.  — Richard Krzemien


I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties. — Agatha Christie


Journal: fitting your heart and soul into ruled lines.  — Terri Guillemets,writing quotes


Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you.  — Mae West,writing quotes


let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” ― Sylvia Plath,writing quotes


Let’s hope the institution of marriage survives its detractors, for without it there would be no more adultery and without adultery two thirds of our novelists would stand in line for unemployment checks.  — Peter S. Prescott


Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death — fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.  — Edna Ferber


Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words – the words live on for as long as there are readers to see them, audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered.  — J. Michael Straczynski



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