The best Quotes and Sayings about Writing

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Poetry, she thought, wasn't written to be analyzed, it was meant to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding.

PoemsNicholas Sparks in The Notebook
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A living poem had always been the words that came to mind when he tried to describe her to others.

Poems, InspirationNicholas Sparks in The Notebook
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If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.

Books, ReadingMichael Ende in The Neverending Story
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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.

John Green
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Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.

Words, LoveDavid Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
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Word to the wise writer: never underestimate your secondary characters! But watch them... they sneak off with stuff.

StoriesKa Hancock
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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.

Roald Dahl
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A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.

StoriesCarlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind
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My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

Ernest Hemingway
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The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.

Joanne K. Rowling
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So long as men write what they think, then all of the other freedoms - all of them - may remain intact. And it is then that writing becomes a weapon of truth.

Freedom, JournalismRod Serling
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I do have a tendency to walk on the dark side sometimes. I have suffered from depression, I know how that feels, I have an innate inclination that way. Writing does help with that.

DepressionJoanne K. Rowling, September 2012
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I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast - talk them or write them down.

ThinkingErnest Hemingway
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I want to tell a story that makes the reader always want to see what will happen next.

StoriesKen Follett
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Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

TalkingLewis Carroll
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I listen to my words, but they fall far below
I let my music take me, where my heart wants to go

MusicCat Stevens - The Wind
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You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.

Children & Childhood, BooksMaurice Sendak
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Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

Words, PoesieNathaniel Hawthorne
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When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'

WordsStephen King in The Stand
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The written word endures, the spoken word disappears.

WordsNeil Postman
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Pen, paper and books are the gunpowder of the mind.

Books, Mind & ApprehensionNeil Postman
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Writers may be solitary but they also tend to flock together. They like being solitary together.

Solitude & Being AloneNeil Gaiman
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I'm one of those people who doesn't really know what he thinks until he writes it down.

Stephen King in 11/22/63
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Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Books, ImaginationStephen King
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The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.

PoemsT. S. Eliot
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I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.

InspirationErnest Hemingway
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Easy reading is damn hard writing.

ReadingNathaniel Hawthorne
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To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.

Truman Capote
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The aim of writing is to make others see.

Joseph Conrad
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Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.

Ideas, InspirationRod Serling
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I had at some point the epiphany that if I wanted to be a writer, maybe I should stop thinking about writing, or stop writing about writing, and actually write.

Matt Fraction
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The thing is, emotion - if it's visibly felt by the writer - will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.

Anne McCaffrey
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It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.

PoemsHoward Nemerov
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If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

BooksToni Morrison
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Everyone wants to write a book. Very few people are able to do it.

BooksJohn Hodgman
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When I'm driving the highway by myself is when I write best.

Solitude & Being AloneWillie Nelson
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You write about what you know, and you write about what you want to know.

Joyce Maynard
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I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

Edgar Allan Poe
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By the time you read this letter, these words will be those of the past. The me of now is gone.

LettersFennel Hudson
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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway
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The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him. The person you think you see is only an empty character: truth is always hidden in fiction.

Books, ReadingCarlos Ruiz Zafón in The Angel's Game
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To my dear beautiful daughter,

I'm writing you a letter. That's right, a good old-fashioned letter. It's a lost art, really. I have a confession to make. I didn't like you very much at first. You were just this annoying, little blob. You smelled nice. Most of the time. But you didn't seem to have much interest in me. Which I, of course, found vaguely insulting.

It was just you and your mom against the world... funny how some things never change. So I cruised along, doing my thing, acting the fool, not really understanding how being a parent changes you. And I don't remember the exact moment everything changed. I just know that it did.

One minute I was impenetrable. Nothing could touch me. The next, my heart was somehow beating outside my chest, exposed to the elements. Loving you has been the most profound, intense, painful experience of my life. In fact, it's been almost too much to bear. As your father, I made a silent vow to protect you from the world, never realizing I was the one who would end up hurting you the most.

When I flash forward, my heart breaks. Mostly because I can't imagine you speaking of me with any sort of pride. How could you? Your father is a child in a man's body. He cares for nothing and everything at the same time. Noble in thought, weak in action. Something has to change. Something has to give. It's getting dark... too dark to see.

Children & Childhood, Fathers, ParentsHank Moody in Californication, Season 4 Episode 2
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I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can ... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.

John Lennon
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A writer should never have the audacity to write about themselves unless they're willing to separate every layer of protection between the author's soul and their book. The words should come directly from the center of the gut, tearing through flesh and bone as they break free. Ugly and honest and bloody and a little bit terrifying, but completely exposed.

Colleen Hoover in Verity
 
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Anyone who thinks the pen is mightier than the sword has not been stabbed with both.

Lemony Snicket
 
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Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

Isaac Asimov
 
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To me there is no such thing as creative writing. It's either good writing, whatever the subject, or it's not creative.

Erskine Caldwell
 
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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham
 
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Ideas seem to come from everywhere - my life, everything I see, hear, and read, and most of all, from my imagination. I have a lot of imagination.

InspirationJudy Blume
 
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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.

Madeleine L'Engle
 
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