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!

  1. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know” -Ernest Hemingway
  2. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” -Toni Morrison
  3. “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
  4. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are” -W. Somerset Maugham
  5. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” -Robert Frost
  6. “A word after a word after a word is power” -Margaret Atwood
  7. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write” -Saul Bellow
  8. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn” -Anne Frank
  9. “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads” -Dr. Seuss
  10. “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly– they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re inspired” -Aldous Huxley
  11. “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
  12. “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
  13. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” -Maya Angelou
  14. “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say” -Anais Nin
  15. “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.com.

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