There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
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.
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau
If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
Tonight I can write the saddest lines
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.
There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.
Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.
You can make anything by writing.
You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Tears are words that need to be written.
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, “translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.
Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.
Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
So what? All writers are lunatics!
Cornelia Funke, Inkspell
I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
I write to discover what I know.
I want to write my own eulogy, and I want to write it in Latin. It seems only fitting to read a dead language at my funeral.
Jarod Kintz, I Want
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.
If your writing doesn’t keep you up at night, it won’t keep anyone else up either
James M. Cain
Write what should not be forgotten.
There are books full of great writing that don’t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story… don’t be like the book-snobs who won’t do that. Read sometimes for the words–the language. Don’t be like the play-it-safers who won’t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.
We write in response to what we read and learn; and in the end we write out of our deepest selves.
I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
Edgar Allan Poe
I read hungrily and delightedly, and have realized since that you can’t write unless you read.
If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
I hate writing, I love having written.
Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day.
Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
Rainer Maria Rilke
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
James A. Michener
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.
In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
If you’re horrible to me, I’m going to write a song about it, and you won’t like it. That’s how I operate.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
You can write a book on how to ruin someone’s perfect day.
You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
All I need is a sheet of paper
and something to write with, and then
I can turn the world upside down.
Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still
Sylvia Plath, Letters Home
We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
A writer should read until he is filled to the brim and like a pitcher which is over-filled over flows. And then he should write.
Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.
Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
In order to write about life first you must live it.
I have tried my best to keep my country alive by writing about it.
When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.
The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
I write emotional algebra.
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.
A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
Jorge Luis Borges
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.
Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.
It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
Write about the emotions you fear the most.
Laurie Halse Anderson
So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.
If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!
Nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.
I was attempting to write the story of my life. It wasn’t so much about plot. It was much more about character.
Find your quiet center of life and write from that to the world.
Sarah Orne Jewett
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
Mine is not an obedient writing. I think that literature as any art has to be irreverent.
To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
With writing, we have second chances.
Jonathan Safran Foer
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.
While I’m writing, I’m far away;
and when I come back, I’ve gone.
If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.
George Gordon Byron
Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Writing isn’t letters on paper. It’s communication. It’s memory.
There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair.
A good book isn’t written, it’s rewritten.
Phyllis A. Whitney, Guide to Fiction Writing
Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.
Eudora Welty, On Writing
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.
I’m writing this book because we’re all going to die.
I want to write because I have the urge to excel in one medium of translation and expression of life. I can’t be satisfied with the colossal job of merely living. Oh, no, I must order life in sonnets and sestinas and provide a verbal reflector for my 60-watt lighted head.
Written words can also sing.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Writing is one of the few careers for which you essentially train yourself, the other two major ones being juggling and pickpocketing.
The story is always better than your ability to write it.
Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
Don’t get it right, get it written.
Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein
When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
You are what you write.
Helvy Tiana Rosa
I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
Writing stories is a kind of magic, too.
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
Peter De Vries
So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing Introductions and get on with the book.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
One should never write down or up to people, but out of yourself.
Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.
Mario Vargas Llosa
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.
Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.
George R.R. Martin
The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.
Which is why I am writing this book. To think. To understand. It just happens to be the way I’m made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.
What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.
Nothing’s a better cure for writer’s block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.
If I knew words enough, I could write the longest love letter in the world and never get tired
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.
You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.
Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.
Emil M. Cioran
You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
If there is a book you want to read but isn`t written yet,write it.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
All good writing is like swimming underwater and holding your
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed.
Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.
If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.
To write is human, to edit is divine.
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Nothing but writing rests me; only then do I seem completely myself!
Kate Douglas Wiggin
I want to write a novel about Silence,” he said; “the things people don’t say.
Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.
I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.
Hunter S. Thompson
Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.
Writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.
Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.
…I am writing these poems from inside a lion…
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
I would write out the lyrics of my favourite songs.
Jonathan Safran Foer
When they give you lined paper, write the other way.
A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.
I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word ‘mayonnaise.
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
Jorge Luis Borges
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
Dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you.
I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don’t read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read
Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.
Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. There is the second tasting, the delayed reaction.
He is exactly the poem I wanted to write.
That is why I write – to try to turn sadness into longing, solitude into remembrance.
I must be lean & write & make worlds beside this to live in.
A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.
…there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness, too. That was writing.
Wise men read books about history. Strong men write them.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.
I am simply of the opinion that you cannot be taught to write. You have to spend a lifetime in love with words.
I write because you exist.
I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.
I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.
D.H. Lawrence, Letters
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.
Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.
I am one thing, my writings are another.
All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them.
Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.
Lawrence Clark Powell
The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
Alan Dean Foster
I’m one of those people who doesn’t really know what he thinks until he writes it down.
The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself
Then I decided I would spend the summer writing a novel.
That would fix a lot of people.
I don’t write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me.
A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.
You either have to write or you shouldn’t be writing. That’s all.
Write what you know.
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing.
Write it down today, put it away, make sense of it tomorrow.
A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
Every writer I know has trouble writing.
When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story.
I write to find strength.
I write to become the person that hides inside me.
I write to light the way through the darkness for others.
I write to be seen and heard.
I write to be near those I love.
I write by accident, promptings, purposefully and anywhere there is paper.
I write because my heart speaks a different language that someone needs to hear.
I write past the embarrassment of exposure.
I write because hypocrisy doesn’t need answers, rather it needs questions to heal.
I write myself out of nightmares.
I write because I am nostalgic, romantic and demand happy endings.
I write to remember.
I write knowing conversations don’t always take place.
I write because speaking can’t be reread.
I write to sooth a mind that races.
I write because you can play on the page like a child left alone in the sand.
I write because my emotions belong to the moon; high tide, low tide.
I write knowing I will fall on my words, but no one will say it was for very long.
I write because I want to paint the world the way I see love should be.
I write to provide a legacy.
I write to make sense out of senselessness.
I write knowing I will be killed by my own words, stabbed by critics, crucified by both misunderstanding and understanding.
I write for the haters, the lovers, the lonely, the brokenhearted and the dreamers.
I write because one day someone will tell me that my emotions were not a waste of time.
I write because God loves stories.
I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on.
Shannon L. Alder
I don’t know what I think until I write it down.
I write to find out what I’m talking about.
A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.
To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.
And I could write it better than you ever felt it.
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
I’m writing an unauthorized autobiography.
We remember the past, live in the present, and write the future.
Shaun David Hutchinson
There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
She writes things with her movements that I for the life of me could never write with a pen.
Writing is seduction.
The trouble with writing fiction is that it has to make sense, whereas real life doesn’t.
Iain M. Banks
The desire to write grows with writing.
You could write a book about things that you can’t find on-line.
We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter
I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn
Hey baby, when I write, I’m the hero of my shit.
There are no accusations with writing, no judgment, no shame, only freedom.
Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.
Writing is the geometry of the soul.
The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning and inhibit clarity.
Really, becoming a writer sounds more like a mental illness than a professional choice.
I’m not a writer with a drinking problem, I’m a drinker with a writing problem.
The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit.
I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.
Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.
I will write in words of fire.
I will write them on your skin.
I will write about desire.
Write beginnings, write of sin.
You’re the book I love the best,
your skin only holds my truth,
you will be a palimpsest
lines of age rewriting youth.
You will not burn upon the pyre.
Or be buried on the shelf.
You’re my letter to desire:
And you’ll never read yourself.
I will trace each word and comma
As the final dusk descends,
You’re my tale of dreams and drama,
Let us find out how it ends.
If you own this story you get to write the ending.
There’s two kinds of women–those you write poems about and those you don’t.
Writing does not resurrect. It buries.
Writing is both mask and unveiling.
More than one person, doubtless like me, writes in order to have no face.
I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.
To read is to empower,
To empower is to write,
To write is to influence,
To influence is to change,
To change is to live
There is no such thing as an “aspiring writer”. You are a writer. Period.
Matthew Reilly, Area 7
You fail only if you stop writing.
Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.
Writers will happen in the best of families.
Rita Mae Brown
You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
It’s hell writing and it’s hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.
If your life is worth thinking about,it is worth writing about.
Robin S. Sharma
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
The four rules of writing… 1. Write to discover. 2. There is no greater discovery than love. 3. All love comes from the Creator. 4. Write what you will.
So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing.
u r what u read
u r what u write
You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Being a writer brings out a sassy woman inside me, and I love her so.
Writing is such a damn lonely sickness.
Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.
Writing is a delicious agony.
Writers write while dreamers procastinate.