Quotes About Writing

Posted by Brian

The word Writing refers to a presentation in a textual medium or language with the use of some signs and symbols. In earlier times paintings found in caves were measured as the language as at that time there was no written textual language was discovered. Writing began around 4th million BC. A person who conveys a message in textual format is generally called as writer or an author. If we go deeper we will find some more designations such as poets, novelists, journalist graphic designer and typist etc. Here we are having extremely large collection of quotations on writing by well-known authors. Hope it will be very helpful to you.

Writing Quotes and Sayings

A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.
– Tom Bissell

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
– Thomas Mann

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

Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
– Stanislaw J. Lec

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
– Stephen King

By speech first, but far more by writing, man has been able to put something of himself beyond death. In tradition and in books an integral part of the individual persists, for it can influence the minds and actions of other people in different places and at different times: a row of black marks on a page can move a man to tears, though the bones of him that wrote it are long ago crumbled to dust.
– Julian Huxley

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

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 damn hard writing.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
– Joseph Heller

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
– Goethe

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

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

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
– Truman Capote

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

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we?
– Audra Foveo-Alba

If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.
– Victor Hugo

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

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
– Stephen King

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

Most editors are failed writers – but so are most writers.
– T.S. Eliot

No man should ever publish a book until he has first read it to a woman.
– Van Wyck Brooks

Novelists. fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence.
– Fay Weldon

Our passions shape our books; repose writes them in the intervals.
– Proust

Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you.
– Mae West

Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself. Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.
– Susan Isaacs

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.
– Harold Acton

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
– T. S. Eliot

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

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
– Anais Nin

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
– Mark Twain

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
– W. Somerset Maugham

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
– Walter Wellesley

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.
– Sharon O’Brien

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
– E.L. Doctorow

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.
– Thomas Berger

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.
– Stephen King

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

You must not come lightly to the blank page.
– Stephen King


One Comment »

  • Sylvia said:

    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

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