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I’m a quote lover. I always have been. Long before there were websites chock full of every quote you could imagine, I had books of printed quotes. This love of quotes probably comes from my Dad. He is a university professor and he has posted quotes on printed paper all over his office. He’s done this for years.
Since I love a strong quote and twitter seems to be infatuated with quotes, I want to make this easy for you. If you’re ever looking for a good quote to share about writing but you don’t know what to share, here’s some cool quotes you can share. Just click to tweet them.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” ― Ernest HemingwayClick To Tweet
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ― Maya AngelouClick To Tweet
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time to write. Simple as that. ― Stephen KingClick To Tweet
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it. ― Lloyd AlexanderClick To Tweet
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. ― Robert FrostClick To Tweet
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ― Ray BradburyClick To Tweet
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ― Anton ChekhovClick To Tweet
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. – Henry David ThoreauClick To Tweet
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ― Douglas AdamsClick To Tweet
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ― Anne FrankClick To Tweet
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset MaughamClick To Tweet
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ― William WordsworthClick To Tweet
You can make anything by writing. ― C.S. LewisClick To Tweet
That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth. ― Tim O'BrienClick To Tweet
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack LondonClick To Tweet
The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. ― Anaïs NinClick To Tweet
Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. ― Howard NemerovClick To Tweet
You can fix anything but a blank page. ― Nora RobertsClick To Tweet
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ― Cyril ConnollyClick To Tweet
Write about the emotions you fear the most. ― Laurie Halse AndersonClick To Tweet
All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world. ― E.B. WhiteClick To Tweet
Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. ― Jules RenardClick To Tweet
Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol. ― Steve MartinClick To Tweet
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. ― Martin LutherClick To Tweet
One should use common words to say uncommon things. ― Arthur SchopenhauerClick To Tweet
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I love all of these quotes, Dan, including several I’d never read before now. During my 31 years as a high school English teacher here in Pittsburgh, I had a poster on my classroom wall with a quote from Justice Louis Brandeis: There is no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting. I always stressed the importance of that to my students as they wrote their compositions for me, and I’ve always kept it in mind in my second career as a writer as I write my mystery novels.
As always, best of luck!
That’s a great quote, Bob! I’ve always enjoyed that one. Here’s two other quotes about editing that didn’t make the cut, but that I enjoy:
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherryh
“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.” ― T.S. Eliot