Quotes for Writers
As you can probably tell by now, I love quotes. Here are some quotes about writing, for writers, etc. Most of them are supplied by my favorite quote website: NT.Armstrong http://www.nt.armstrong.edu/advice.htm
Quotes for writers from other writers:
If I had to give young writers advice, I’d say don’t listen to writers talking about writing.
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.
– Ernest Hemingway
Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
– Meg Chittenden
What obsesses a writer starting out on a lifetime’s work is the panic-stricken search for a voice of his own.
– John Mortimer
Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.
How do I know what I think, until I see what I say?
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
– Jack London
There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open up a vein.
– Walter Smith
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 is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.
Half my life is an act of revision.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all good writers have it.
– Ernest Hemingway
The first draft of anything is shit.
- Ernest Hemingway
I find that I can criticize my composition best when I stand at a little distance from it–when I do not see it, for instance.
– Henry David Thoreau
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
– Scott Adams
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.
– Mark Twain
We can’t be as good as we’d want to, so the question then becomes, how do we cope with our own badness?
- Nick Hornby