15 of the Best Quotes About Writing
By Maya Koparkar
One piece of advice you’ll get in writing workshops is to look to authors you admire for advice. It’s true: we take comfort in knowing that others have overcome common writing issues. Check out these quotes from famous authors to get inspired!
- “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know” -Ernest Hemingway
- “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” -Toni Morrison
- “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind” -Virginia Woolf
- “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are” -W. Somerset Maugham
- “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” -Robert Frost
- “A word after a word after a word is power” -Margaret Atwood
- “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write” -Saul Bellow
- “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn” -Anne Frank
- “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads” -Dr. Seuss
- “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly– they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re inspired” -Aldous Huxley
- “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” -Joss Whedon
- “A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way” -Caroline Gordon
- “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” -Maya Angelou
- “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say” -Anais Nin
- “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” -Benjamin Franklin
Want more inspiration? Check out the writing spaces of some of these famous writers!
About Maya Koparkar: Maya Koparkar is an 18-year old university student from McGill University with a passion for writing and sharing what she has to say with the world. Beyond her work with Write Local, she runs her own blog: www.chlorinatedmind.tumblr.