I can’t write five words but that I change seven.— Dorothy Parker
Profound Writing By Writers quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them;
a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
As a young writer, I was on guard against the Latina in me, the Spanish in me because as far as I could see the models that were presented to me did not include my world. In fact, 'I was told by one teacher in college that one could only write poetry in the language in which one first said Mother. That left me out of American literature, for sure.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
Like most-maybe all- writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, by reading books.
The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple.
Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.
How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
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.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
I have never thought of myself as a good writer.
Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters.
Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.
I know there are writers who get up every morning and sit by their typewriter or word processor or pad of paper and wait to write. I don't function that way. I go through a long period of gestation before I'm even ready to write.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
I think every writer's had the experience of having a really good idea, waiting to write it, and then once you write it, you're like, "Oh I kind of got past the sell by date on this." I'm not connected to the initial spark that was the idea. A lot of that's about staying open.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Most people say, "Show, don't tell," but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they're like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do.
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.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.
As cows need milking and sweet peas need picking, so writers must continually exercise their mental muscles by a daily stint.
a good writer should draw the reader in by starting in the middle of the story with a hook, then go back and fill in what happened before the hook. Once you have the reader hooked, you can write whatever you want as you slowly reel them in.
Any one who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.
You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
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.
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.
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.
When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
All the information you need can be given in dialogue.
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
If you're really a good writer and deserve that honored position, then by God, you'll write, and you'll be read, and you'll be produced somehow. It just works that way. If you're just a simple ordinary day-to-day craftsman, no different than most, then the likelihood is that you probably won't make it in writing.