61 Inspirational Famous Author Quotes About Writing

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Famous Quotes on Writing

1. Stephen King

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

Inspirational Quote - Stephen King

2. Ernest Hemingway

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.

3. Mark Twain

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

Quote by Mark Twain on Possession

4. David Brin

If you have other things in your life-family, friends, good productive day work-these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

5. Somerset Maugham

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.

6. C. J. Cherryh

It is perfectly okay to write garbage-as long as you edit brilliantly.

7. Robert Benchley

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

8. Ray Bradbury

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.

9. Sidney Sheldon

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.

God Quote by Sidney Sheldon

10. Truman Capote

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

11. Henry David Thoreau

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

12. Anton Chekhov

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.

13. Edgar Rice Burroughs

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.

14. Willa Cather

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.

Quote on Writing by Willa Cather

15. Anne Lamott

In general… there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.

16. Douglas Adams

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

17. Ayn Rand

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.

Word Quote Image by Ayn Rand

18. Jean-Paul Sartre

Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.

19. Joseph Conrad

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.

20. Philip K. Dick

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.

Quote on Writing by Philip K. Dick

21. Russell Baker

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.

22. John Irving

Half my life is an act of revision.

23. Ralph Waldo Emerson

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.

24. Erica Jong

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.

25. Barbara Kingsolver

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.

26. Emily Dickinson

A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

27. E. L. Doctorow

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

28. William Faulkner

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

29. Gustave Flaubert

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.

30. Robert Graves

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.

31 Isaac Asimov

It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.

32. William Faulkner

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.

33. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.

34. Henry Miller

Writing is its own reward.

35. Ursula K. Le Guin

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

36. A. A. Milne

Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.

37. Emily Dickinson

A wounded deer leaps the highest.

38. Joseph Conrad

Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.

39. Anthony Burgess

Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.

40. Joan Didion

Writers are always selling somebody out.

41. Alice Munro

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.

42. Larry Niven

You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.

43. Flannery O’Connor

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.

44. Dorothy Parker

I can’t write five words but that I change seven.

Beautiful Quote on Writing by Dorothy Parker

45. Terry Pratchett

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.

46. Robert A. Heinlein

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

47. E. B. White

No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.

48. Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Quote on Poet by Oscar Wilde

49. Isaac Asimov

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil-but there is no way around them.

50. Nancy Kress

Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.

51. Ray Bradbury

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!

52. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

53. Anne McCaffrey

Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.

54. Ursula K. Le Guin

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.

55. Herman Melville

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.

56. Elmore Leonard

All the information you need can be given in dialogue.

Quote Image on Information - Elmore Leonard

57. Orson Scott Card

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.

58. Somerset Maugham

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.

59. Jane Yolen

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.

60. Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.

Motivational Quote on Writing by Edgar Rice Burroughs

61. Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

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