Quotes On Writing

I am a big fan of quotes. I read them when I need to draw strength, courage and wisdom from the masters. I have gathered quite a number of quotes and thought I’d share with you.

What are your favorite writing quotes? Here are some of mine.

“The only rule: writers write! Everything else is a guideline.” —

Rick Bylina.

“The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.” —Karl Marx

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
—Elmore Leonard“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
—Philip Roth

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

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do…Try to be better than yourself.
—John Steinbeck

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

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”
—Stephen King

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”
—Peter Handke

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work.
—Stephen King

“No man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
—CS Lewis.

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
—Stephen King

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”
—Virginia Woolf

“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.” −William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811−1863)

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton

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