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  1. Picture quote by Benjamin Franklin about action

    Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. ⏤ Benjamin Franklin

  2. Picture quote by Isaac Asimov about writing

    Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. ⏤ Isaac Asimov

  3. Picture quote by L.M. Montgomery about writing

    You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it? ⏤ L.M. Montgomery

  4. Picture quote by Virginia Woolf about fiction

    A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. ⏤ Virginia Woolf

  5. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about writing

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at Typewriter and bleed. ⏤ Ernest Hemingway

  6. Picture quote by E. L. Doctorow about writing

    Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. ⏤ E. L. Doctorow

  7. Picture quote by Franz Kafka about writing

    A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity ⏤ Franz Kafka

  8. Picture quote by Anne Lamott about writing

    Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.. You need to start somewhere. ⏤ Anne Lamott

  9. Picture quote by Lauren Bacall about love

    No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it. ⏤ Lauren Bacall

  10. Picture quote about tomorrow

    Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, Write a good one !

  11. Picture quote by Cory Doctorow about write

    Write even when the world is chaotic. You don't need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement. ⏤ Cory Doctorow

  12. Picture quote about wisdom

    When writing the story of your life. Don't let anyone else hold the pen.

  13. Picture quote by Natalie Goldberg about writing

    Write down who you were, who you are, and what you want to remember. ⏤ Natalie Goldberg

  14. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about writing

    Write hard and clear about what hurts ⏤ Ernest Hemingway

  15. Picture quote by Jonathan Safran Foer about writing

    With writing we have second chances. ⏤ Jonathan Safran Foer

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How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

Wayne Dyer

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Richard Bach

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.

Nora Roberts

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Ernest Hemingway

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.


Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.

Elizabeth George

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau

I write best when I am either, falling in love, or falling apart.

Rudy Francisco

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Andre Gide

For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.

George Orwell

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.

Sigmund Freud

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.

Edna Ferber

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.

Roald Dahl

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

Ray Bradbury

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.


The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.

Julia Ward Howe

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

Kurt Vonnegut

It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.

Johnny Cash

The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.

Sydney Smith

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.

Mario Vargas Llosa

The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.

Ernest Hemingway

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.

George Bernard Shaw

I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.

Johnny Cash

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.

Anne Rice

You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.


Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.

William Zinsser

Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.

Jean Paul Richter

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann

You can make anything by writing.

C. S. Lewis

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.

Thomas a Kempis

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.

Steven Wright

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.

Oscar Wilde

Writing is thinking on paper.

William Zinsser

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Stephen King

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.

Gloria Steinem

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.

Lord Byron

To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.


What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.

Logan Pearsall Smith

My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.

Mark Twain

You shouldn't even be writing this story if you haven't heard me play live. You can't write with the passion you receive until you see a Dick Dale concert.

Dick Dale

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King

When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.

Hilaire Belloc

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

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

E. L. Doctorow

Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.

Herman Hesse

Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.

Horace Walpole

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.


When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Ernest Hemingway

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

Ernest Hemingway

Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem.

John Milton

A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.

Lawrence Durrell

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy

If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.

Isaac Asimov

Beneath the rule of men entirely great,The pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward George BulwerLytton

The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.

William Makepeace Thackeray

I love writing, it's the center of my life. If you don't love what you do, you'd better find something else to love. Otherwise, you don't have a reason for living.

Ray Bradbury

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.

Ishmael Reed

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.

Rene Descartes

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.

Mark Twain

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.


When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world.

Michael Ondaatje

All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.

Isabel Allende

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.


The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

Ernest Hemingway

People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them that I have the heart of a small boy -- and I keep it in a jar on my desk.

Stephen King

If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!

Jackie Collins

My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.

William Faulkner

A book should be luminous not voluminous.

Christian Nevell Bovee

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.

Salman Rushdie

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.

James Bryce

If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, and above all, don't die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

Gene Fowler

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.

William Faulkner

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

Ernest Hemingway

Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.

Paul Desmond

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

Aldous Huxley

Writing is a craft not an art.

William Zinsser

I decided that adventure was the best way to learn about writing.

Lloyd Alexander

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.

Oscar Wilde

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.

Robert Frost

There's no better satisfaction than writing. I feel that writing is the best and everything else comes with it.

Garry Marshall

Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.

James Thurber

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.

Iris Murdoch

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.

Pablo Neruda

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly.

Julian Barnes

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.

Walter Bagehot

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

W. Somerset Maugham

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.

Thomas Carlyle

Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.

E. M. Forster

The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.


Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.

John Ruskin

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.

George Eliot

Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.

William Zinsser

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