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42 Best Writing Quotes

1. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach

2. “Stop trying to write sentences and start trying to write stories.” – James Patterson

3. “I write to discover what I know.” – Flannery O’Connor

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

5. “What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.” – Susan Sontag

6. “Life can’t defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death.” – Edna Ferber

7. “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” – Ray Bradbury

8. “Fiction can be more real to the reader than reality itself because fiction is the essence of life.” – James N. Frey

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

10. “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.” – Sylvia Plath

11. “You can make anything by writing.” – C.S. Lewis

12. “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

13. “Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” – Philip Pullman

14. “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” – Roald Dahl

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

16. “Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabel Allende

17. “It seems to me that what writers are supposed to do is use their imaginations. Imagination is one of the most important things we have.” – Susanna Clarke

18. “Writing is its own reward.” – Henry Miller

19. “The most important thing in writing is to have written. I can always fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank one.” – Nora Roberts

20. “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

21. “Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is that if I don’t make the time to do the writing, the writing won’t get done.” – Judy Reeves

22. “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck

23. “When I’m writing I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.” – Anne Sexton

24. “All glory comes from daring to begin.” – Ruskin Bond

25. “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” – Natalie Goldberg

26. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham

27. “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

28. “Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing the rest will follow.” – Jane Yolen

29. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway

30. “Write. Just do it. Then again. Then some more. And more. Do not wait for inspiration if you do enough of it often enough, inspiration will eventually come.” – Nancy Kress

31. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett

32. “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott

33. “I do not over intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple Tell the damned story.” – Tom Clancy

34. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.” – Octavia E. Butler

35. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour

36. “You learn to write by writing.” – William Zinsser

37. “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

38. “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” – Zadie Smith

39. “A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

40. “Writing a novel is like building a wall brick by brick; only amateurs believe in inspiration.” – Frank Yerby

41. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank

42. “When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.” – Stephen King

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