50 Great Quotes for Writers – #31DBBBDay2

Old paper grunge background - Listen and learnAll of these quotes come from successful writers, so listen up if you want to learn from the best!





The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
– Neil Gaiman

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.
– Isaac Bashevis Singer

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
– Voltaire

When you’re reading, you’re not where you are; you’re in the book. By the same token, I can write anywhere.
– Diana Gabaldon

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
– Ernest Hemingway

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
– Neil Gaiman

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
– Benjamin Franklin

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
– E. L. Doctorow

When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’
– Stephen King

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
– Ernest Hemingway

The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.
– A. B. Yehoshua

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
– Stephen King

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
– E. L. Doctorow

I work late at night. I’m awake and nobody bothers me. It’s quiet and things come and talk to me in the silence.
– Diana Gabaldon

And each book has to receive your best effort every single time. No slacking.
– Nora Roberts

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
– Stephen King

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
– Ernest Hemingway

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
– Judith Campbell

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you can write it for children.
– Madeleine l’Engle

Very few writers really know what they are doing until they’ve done it.
– Anne Lamott

I don’t fiddle or edit or change while I’m going through that first draft.
– Nora Roberts

Every writer has to figure out what works best – and often has to select and discard different tools before they find the one that fits.
– Nora Roberts

Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.
– Thomas Hardy

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
– Mark Twain

You see something, then it clicks with something else, and it will make a story. But you never know when it’s going to happen.
– Stephen King

Write even if you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing and aren’t writing particularly well.
– Agatha Christie

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
– Joseph Heller

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
– Mark Twain

There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more.
– Lucy Maud Montgomery

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
– Louisa May Alcott

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
– Charles Dickens

Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.
– Will Self

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
– Ernest Hemingway

A children’s story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children’s story.
– C. S. Lewis

I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
– Flannery O’Connor

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
– Ernest Hemingway

Stopping a piece of work just because it’s har either emotionally or imaginatively is a BAD IDEA. Sometimes you have to go one when you don’t feel like it…
– Stephen King

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
– J. K. Rowling

The only failure in writing is when you stop doing it. Then you fail yourself.
– Natalie Goldberg

What do you want? What are you willing to give up to get it? Writing requires you make sacrifices. Be prepared to work hard to be a writer.
– Sandra Brown

The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Forget about the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
– Henry Miller

How do you write for children? I really have never figured that out. So I decided to just ignore it.
– Maurice Sendak

Inspiration comes of working every day.
– Charles Beaudelaire

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
– Brad Paisley

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
– William Faulkner

When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.
– Anais Nin

Wooden mannequin writing in scrapbook - What's your storyThree words for a writer: Make me care.
– Buffy Andrews

Don’t be “a writer”. Be writing.
– William Faulkner


Willena Flewelling


  1. Hello Willena, Wow girl you really have done your homework on this post my friend! What a Great list of Quotes. I did copy a few of them for future use on Facebook LOL

    Have an Amazing Day and thanks for sharing..
    Chery :))
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  2. Hi, Thanks for sharing these wonderful quotes about writing. I shared it with my social network site . Great Read.
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