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30 Inspiring Quotes About Writing


Have you ever wondered how all the great authors throughout history became so great? How they created writing that continues to stand the test of time?

Writing so gripping and timeless that we intensely ponder the secret method behind its creation. When in fact, many authors have been quite transparent about how their literary success. Offering wise words and encouragement sourced from years of experience. And in this post, we’ve selected 30 inspiring quotes about writing from these very authors.


30 Inspiring Quotes About Writing



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“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block


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


“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”
—Ray Bradbury


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“I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”
—Patrick Dennis


“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!”
—Fred East


“Writers live twice.”
—Natalie Goldberg

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


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


“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


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“Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.”
― Amy Joy


“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac


“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through—originality.”
—Jack Kerouac

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“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re seeing now, what we’ll all see in time for the first time, and then see imitated many times by made writers.”
–Jack Kerouac


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


“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


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“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King


“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
—Margaret Laurence


“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

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“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


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


“Style is to forget all styles.”
—Jules Renard


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“Style means the right word. The rest matters little.”
—Jules Renard


“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.”
—George Singleton


“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”
—R.L. Stine

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“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.”
—Henry David Thoreau


“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.”
—Jim Tully


“Write what you know.”
—Mark Twain


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“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
—Mark Twain


“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
—Virginia Woolf


“To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.”
—William Zinsser


We hope these inspiring quotes about writing motivate you to put pen to paper. Because even the greatest of our time were once aspiring writers. But if you’re still trying to sharpen up your skills right now, check out these writing tips. And when you’re finished with those, follow them up with these tips for editing your own work.


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