quotes for writers

22 Mar

These are some of my favorites right now…

“The writer does the same as the child at play; he creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously.” Sigmund Freud (I could not agree with this more.)

“The first draft of anything is shit.” ERNEST HEMINGWAY (What a relief it was to see that Hemingway said this. Because mine are, let me tell you.)

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” STEPHEN KING

“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” Frank McCourt

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.” Anonymous (I found this on Twitter. When I was supposed to be writing.)

“The joy is in the surprise. It can be as small as a felicitous coupling of noun and adjective.” IAN McEWAN

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” EUGENE IONESCO (I never stop. My brain will not let me.)

“It is bad manners to waste [the reader’s] time. Therefore brevity first, then, clarity.” F.L. LUCAS

“You have to be brave to take out that white sheet of paper and put on it words that could be evidence of your stupidity.” Sol Saks

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” SYLVIA PLATH

“Writers get paid for what other people get scolded for: daydreaming. We’re supposed to wander.” RICHARD WALTER

“If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

“Read a lot. Write a lot. Have fun.” Daniel Pinkwater (Born 1941) Author

Do you have any great quotes on writing that I didn’t have up here? What was your favorite?



2 Responses to “quotes for writers”

  1. bjpramann March 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I love the quote by Sol Saks the most! Thanks for these!

  2. Stephanie Bennis March 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I found this particular quote very inspiring–“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” Frank McCourt–It’s a great reminder that all the material goods in the world can’t make you any happier than someone with a beautiful mind and happy heart.

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