Writing is that thing you do to your thoughts before they do any more damage to your mind.
— Chris Brady
There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
— Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
— Elmore Leonard
Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it,
and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
— Sylvia Plath
The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.
By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
— Mark Twain
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
— William Wordsworth
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there,
written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
— Vladimir Nabokov
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
— Stephen King
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
— Hannah Arendt
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with
the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
— Joan Baez
Writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.
— Terri Guillemets
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
— Linus Pauling
Those who write clearly have readers. Those who write obscurely have commentators.
— Albert Camus
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
— Thomas Jefferson
As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice,
but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?
— Stephen King
Books aren't written, they're rewritten—including your own. It is one of the
hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
— Michael Crichton
Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know."
— Wislawa Szymborska
Moving around is good for creativity: the next line of dialogue that you desperately need
may well be waiting in the back of the refrigerator or half a mile along your favorite walk.
— Will Shetterly
How vain it is to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live.
— Henry David Thoreau
Books are never finished, they are merely abandoned.
— Oscar Wilde
If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.
— Louis L'Amour
The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.
— Agatha Christie
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
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
— Franz Kafka
An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
— Gustave Flaubert
If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter.
Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.
— Mike Rich (from the movie Finding Forrester)
A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
— W. Somerset Maugham
What no writer's spouse can ever understand is that a writer is working when staring out of the window.
— Burton Rascoe
What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
— André Gide