Quotes

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. (Albert Einstein)

Everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter… a phrase learned. (Anais Nin)

If you aren’t having fun creating content, you’re doing it wrong. (Ann Handley)

Tell a story! Don’t try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first. (Anne McCaffrey)

If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. (Anne Rice)

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. (André Gide)

The worst thing you do write is better than the best thing you don’t write. (April Young Fritz)

Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another. (Barbara Kingsolver)

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.  (Benjamin Disraeli)

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. (Benjamin Franklin)

Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies close to your heart. (Bess Streeter Aldrich)

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. (Charles Peguy)

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. (Coco Chanel)

You can make anything by writing. (C.S. Lewis)

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. (Dale Carnegie)

All romances end in tragedy. One of the key people in a romance becomes a monster sooner or later. (David Cronenberg)

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, & say it hot. (D.H.Lawrence)

The desire to write grows with writing. (Desiderius Erasmus)

Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. (Earl Nightingale)

A novelist is a person who lives in other people’s skins. (E.L. Doctorow)

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

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. (Elinor Glyn)

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature. (Ernest Hemingway)

As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come. (Ernest Hemingway)

Wherever you go, you meet a part of your story. (Eudora Welty)

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

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Never put off writing until you are better at it. (Gary Henderson)

Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. (Gloria Steinem)

The essence of drama is that person cannot walk away from the consequences of their own deeds. (Harold Hayes)

The dimensions of the characters determine the action of the novel. (Harper Lee)

To be a serious writer requires discipline. It’s sitting down & doing it whether you think you have it in you or not. (Harper Lee)

Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing. (Heather Sellers)

I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die. (Isaac Asimov)

You can’t describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything. (James Baldwin)

Write like you’re in love. Edit like you’re in charge. (James Scott Bell)

You write your first draft with your heart, and you rewrite with your head. (James W. Ellison)

If a book is well written, I always find it too short. (Jane Austen)

Your only responsibility as a writer is to be true to the story that has chosen you as its writer. (Jean Little)

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order. (Jean-Luc Godard)

Writing is my time machine, takes me to the precise time and place I belong. (Jeb Dickerson)

We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories. (J. Gottschall)

Writers are always selling someone out. (Joan Didion)

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

Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake. (John Cleese)

There are many reasons why novelists write but they all have one thing in common a need to create an alternative world. (John Fowles)

Writing is a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it. (John Green)

A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories. (John Irving)

You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. (John Rogers)

To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong. (Joseph Chilton Pearce.)

I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. (Joss Whedon)

Become emotionally involved. If you don’t care about your characters, your readers won’t either. (Judy Blume)

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. (Jules Renard)

Become emotionally involved. If you don’t care about your characters, your readers won’t either.  (Judy Blume)

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. (Karl Kraus)

Don’t ask people what they want to read. Write the story you want to tell. (Kate Halena)

Every idea you ever have, big or small, clever or bonkers – write it down! (Kelly Hoppen)

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth. (Khaled Hosseini)

Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action. (Kurt Vonnegut)

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts. (Larry L. King.)

Revision means throwing out the boring crap and making what’s left sound natural. (Laurie Halse Anderson)

Write from the heart. A book without a pulse is like a person without a spirit. (Linda Radke)

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. (Madeleine L’Engle)

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination. (Mark Twain)

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. (Martin Luther)

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. (Maya Angelou)

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. (Maya Angelou)

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. (Meg Cabot)

Let your story grow. Let it surprise you… (M. Kirin)

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. (Natalie Goldberg)

Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing and life doesn’t. (Neil Gaiman)

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. (Neil Gaiman)

Good fiction creates its own reality. (Nora Roberts)

You can’t be a serious writer of fiction unless you believe the story you are telling. (Norman Mailer)

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. (P.D. James)

The best thing for a writer’s block is to just write. Don’t think. No judgements. Even if you think it’s stupid. Writing is necessary. (P!nk)

Writing is the geometry of the soul. (Plato)

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. (Ray Bradbury)

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

Beneath every line of character talk, the writer must create a desire, intent, and action. (Robert McKee)

Write every day, line by line, page by page… (Robert McKee)

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. (Rudyard Kipling)

Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. (Sholem Asch)

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

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s. (Stephen King)

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. (Stephen King)

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. (Stephen King)

Revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done. (Stephen King)

Sometimes stories cry out to be told in such loud voices that you write them just to shut them up. (Stephen King)

The scariest moment is always just before you start. (Stephen King)

You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. (Stephen King)

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. (Stephen King)

With writing, the way you feel changes everything. (Stephenie Meyer)

Let all your life’s experiences lead to more writing. (Sujit Lalwani)

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. (Sylvia Plath)

The words get easier the moment you stop fearing them. (Tahereh Mafi)

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. (Terry Pratchett)

Above all, have a good time. If you aren’t enjoying writing it, you can hardly expect someone else to enjoy reading it. (Tom Robbins)

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

A writer is a world trapped in a person. (Victor Hugo)

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination… (William Faulkner)

Writing is the supreme solace. (W. Somerset Maugham)

Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would. (Zadie Smith)

 

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