Writing Quotes
Compiled by Sara Hardin
“If you want to be a writer,
you must do two things
above all others: read a lot
and write a lot.”
– Stephen King
“Write. Rewrite. When not
writing or rewriting, read. I
know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King
“If you have a minimum of
talent, but you sit at that
typewriter long enough,
something will emerge. All I
had was this bu...
“Most of the basic material
a writer works with is
acquired before the age of
fifteen.” –Willa Cather
“Good writing is
supposed to evoke
sensation in the reader—
not the fact that it is
raining, but the feeling of
being rain...
“A professional writer is an
amateur who didn’t quit.”
– Richard Bach
“Write with the door
closed, rewrite with the
door open.” –Stephen King
“The first draft of anything
is ****.”
– Ernest Hemingway
“You spend a lot of time picking
out your outfit before a first date
or an interview- the right shoes,
right dress, right ...
“The best writers assemble
ideas like a tower of blocks,
one thought resting on the
one before, all supporting
each other ...
“The road to hell is paved
with adverbs.”
—Stephen King
(On why strong verb choice is important)
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s
the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac
“We are all apprentices in a
craft where no one ever
becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway
“The difference between
the right word and the
almost right word is the
difference between the
lightning and the
lightning...
“Our lives begin to end the
day we become silent
about things that matter.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you would not be
forgotten, as soon as you
are rotten, either write
things worth reading or
do things worth the
writin...
“Get it down. Take chances.
It may be bad, but it's the
only way you can do
anything really good.”
- William Faulkner
“All we have to do is write
one true sentence.”
–Ernest Hemingway
“Books aren’t written.
They are rewritten.”
–Michael Crichton
“Words are sacred.
They deserve respect.
If you get the right ones, in
the right order, you can
nudge the world a little.”...
“Storytelling is joke telling.
It’s knowing your
punchline.”
– Andrew Stanton (director of Toy
Story, Finding Nemo, and Wa...
“The worst enemy of
creativity is self-doubt.”
–Sylvia Plath
“The difficulty of literature
is not to write, but to write
what you mean.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
“In order to write about
life, first you must live it!”
– Ernest Hemingway
“Whether or not you write
well, write bravely.”
– Bill Stout
“The important thing is
not to stop questioning.”
–Albert Einstein
“Nothing is so powerful as
an idea whose time has
come.” – Victor Hugo
“The question is not
what you look at,
but what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau
“Nothing great was ever
achieved without
enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You can fix anything but a
blank page.”
– Nora Roberts
“If there’s a book that you
want to read, but it hasn’t
been written yet, then you
must write it.”
–Maya Angelou
“Don’t tell me the moon is
shining; show me the glint
of light on broken glass.”
–Anton Chekov
"Writing a novel is like
driving a car at night.
You can see only as far
as your headlights, but
you can make the
whole tr...
"I write as straight as I can,
just as I walk as straight as I
can, because that is the
best way to get there.”
– H.G. Wel...
“No tears in the writer,
no tears in the reader.
No surprise in the writer,
no surprise in the reader.”
–Robert Frost
“You can, you should,
and if you’re brave enough
to start, you will.”
–Stephen King
“You can’t wait for
inspiration. You have to go
after it with a club.”
– Jack London
“Have something to say, and
say it as clearly as you can.
That is the only secret.”
–Matthew Arnold
“Everybody walks past a
thousand story ideas every
day. The good writers are the
ones who see five or six of
them. Most pe...
“It is perfectly okay to write
garbage– as long as you edit
brilliantly.”
- C. J. Cherryh
“Virtually every page is a
cliffhanger. You have to
force them to turn it.”
–Dr. Seuss
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  1. 1. Writing Quotes Compiled by Sara Hardin
  2. 2. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King
  3. 3. “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” —Larry L. King
  4. 4. “If you have a minimum of talent, but you sit at that typewriter long enough, something will emerge. All I had was this burning desire to be a writer and all those emotions.” –Robert Cormier
  5. 5. “Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” –Willa Cather
  6. 6. “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader— not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow
  7. 7. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach
  8. 8. “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” –Stephen King
  9. 9. “The first draft of anything is ****.” – Ernest Hemingway
  10. 10. “You spend a lot of time picking out your outfit before a first date or an interview- the right shoes, right dress, right shirt. But if your tie is crooked or there’s lettuce in your teeth, people notice. The little details make the whole package. Grammar matters.” –Anonymous
  11. 11. “The best writers assemble ideas like a tower of blocks, one thought resting on the one before, all supporting each other to create an imposing final product.” – Penny Kittle
  12. 12. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” —Stephen King (On why strong verb choice is important)
  13. 13. “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” —Jack Kerouac
  14. 14. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway
  15. 15. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug!” –Mark Twain
  16. 16. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  17. 17. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.” – Benjamin Franklin
  18. 18. “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.” - William Faulkner
  19. 19. “All we have to do is write one true sentence.” –Ernest Hemingway
  20. 20. “Books aren’t written. They are rewritten.” –Michael Crichton
  21. 21. “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” –Tom Stoppard
  22. 22. “Storytelling is joke telling. It’s knowing your punchline.” – Andrew Stanton (director of Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E)
  23. 23. “The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.” –Sylvia Plath
  24. 24. “The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  25. 25. “In order to write about life, first you must live it!” – Ernest Hemingway
  26. 26. “Whether or not you write well, write bravely.” – Bill Stout
  27. 27. “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” –Albert Einstein
  28. 28. “Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo
  29. 29. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  30. 30. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  31. 31. “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts
  32. 32. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Maya Angelou
  33. 33. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekov
  34. 34. "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow
  35. 35. "I write as straight as I can, just as I walk as straight as I can, because that is the best way to get there.” – H.G. Wells
  36. 36. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” –Robert Frost
  37. 37. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” –Stephen King
  38. 38. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
  39. 39. “Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.” –Matthew Arnold
  40. 40. “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
  41. 41. “It is perfectly okay to write garbage– as long as you edit brilliantly.” - C. J. Cherryh
  42. 42. “Virtually every page is a cliffhanger. You have to force them to turn it.” –Dr. Seuss

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