115+ Best Writing Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Beautiful Writing Quotes

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way. — Richard Harding Davis

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. — Stephen King

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. — E.L. Doctorow

There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. — Frank Herbert

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

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. — Ayn Rand

The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write. — Ernest Gaines

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about. — W.H. Auden

The desire to write grows with writing. — Desiderius Erasmus

There are reasons people seek escape in books, and one of those reasons is that the boundary of what can happen is beyond what we do or would want to see in real life. — James Patterson

Writing the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye is the great invention of the world. — Abraham Lincoln

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. — Mark Twain

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. — Flannery O’Connor

Writing is a struggle against silence. — Carlos Fuentes

I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it. — William Zinsser

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

To hold a pen is to be at war. — Voltaire

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

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. —Elmore Leonard

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. — E. L. Doctorow

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

The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words. — William H. Gass

Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what. — Julia Cameron

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

You always get more respect when you don’t have a happy ending. — Julia Quinn

Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul. — Isabel Allende

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. — Anton Chekhov

Writing is really a way of thinking not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet. — Toni Morisson

The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. —Samuel Johnson

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. — Thomas Jefferson

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps. — Robert Benchley

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

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

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. — Tennessee Williams

Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. —William S. Burroughs

All writing comes by the grace of God. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word. —Catherine Drinker Bowen

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing. — George Orwell

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience. — Henry David Thoreau

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. — E. L. Doctorow

Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them. —Gore Vidal

All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction. — Steve Almond, WD

You fail only if you stop writing. — Ray Bradbury

Always be a poet, even in prose. — Charles Baudelaire

I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am. — Jane Austen

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life. — Hunter S. Thompson

An essential element for good writing is a good ear: One must listen to the sound of one’s own prose. — Barbara Tuchman

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. — Jane Yolen

By writing much, one learns to write well. — Robert Southey

Your eyelashes will write on my heart the poem that could never come from the pen of a poet. — Rumi

Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination. — Louise Brooks

Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing. — Truman Capote

Best advice on writing I’ve ever received. Finish. — Peter Mayle

For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me. — Jack Dann

Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother. — Richard Peck

There is no great writing, only great rewriting. — Justice Brandeis

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. — E. L. Doctorow

I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents. — Jose Rizal

I tend to basically exaggerate in life, and in writing, it’s fine to exaggerate. I really enjoy overstating for the purpose of getting a laugh. It’s very flattering, that laugh, and at the same time it gives pleasure to the audience and accomplishes more than writing very serious things. For another thing, writing is easier than digging ditches. Well, actually that’s an exaggeration. It isn’t. — Theodor Seuss Geisel

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. — Saul Bellow

I realized going back and writing and explaining in detail the difficulties I had lived actually became emotional again. It’s like therapy but sometimes therapy can be painful. But it’s part of life and part of the autobiography so I’ll have to finish it sooner or later. — Jenni Rivera

There is only one plot — things are not what they seem. — Jim Thompson

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. — Anaïs Nin

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. — Vladimir Nabakov

The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. — Joyce Carol Oates

Description begins in the writer’s imagination but should finish in the reader’s. — Stephen King

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

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance. ― Alexander Pope

You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day. You don’t go to a well once but daily. — Walter Mosley

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

You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road. — Richard Price

Surely the whole point of writing your own life story is to be as honest as you possibly can, revealing everything about yourself that is most private and probably most interesting for that very reason. — Judith Krantz

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. — William Wordsworth

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

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. — Robert Frost

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. — Ray Bradbury

Writing is always a process of discovery never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story. — Kim Edwards

It is perfectly okay to write garbage long as you edit brilliantly. — C. J. Cherryh

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. — W. Somerset Maugham

And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name. — William Shakespeare

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. — James Michener

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. — Madeleine L’Engle

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea. — John Updike

Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch.’ Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out. — C. S. Lewis

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

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. — Sharon O’Brien

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make. — Truman Capote

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. — Harper Lee

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. — Khalil Gibran

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. — Charles Peguy

The writing career is not a romantic one. The writer’s life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab. — Mary Roberts Rinehart

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it. — Harold Acton

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order. — Virginia Woolf

People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it. — Harlan Ellison

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. — Norbet Platt

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. — Anne Frank

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

I don’t know where the idea originated that memoir writing is cathartic. For me, it’s always felt like playing my own neurosurgeon, sans anesthesia. As a memoirist, you have to crack your head open and examine every uncomfortable thing in there. — Koren Zailckas

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

Be ruthless about protecting writing days, do not cave into endless requests to have essential and long overdue meetings on those days. — J. K. Rowling

If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Writing is a delicious agony. — Gwendolyn Brooks

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. — Sylvia Plath

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. — Anais Nin

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

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. — Edgar Rice Burroughs

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. — Benjamin Franklin

If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression. — Edgar Allan Poe

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

The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying. — Rupi Kaur

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. — Russell Baker

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

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

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