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25 Quotes For Creative Writers

Updated on July 19, 2014


Writers know how difficult it can be to bring ideas to life. To do characters justice. To put readers in the moment. To write, rewrite, and edit until it's just right. The fact is writing is hard yet highly rewarding.

Sometimes it seems only writers can perfectly express the painstaking process and gratification that comes with creative writing. I've gathered 25 quotes about writing that spoke to me and my writing process that I hope will inspire and relate to you, whether novice or experience. As Hemingway once said:

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

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10 Quotes About Why We Write

  1. “Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” - Enid Bagnold
  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. "Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation." - Graham Greene
  4. "You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. “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
  6. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” - Anne Frank
  7. “I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.” - Isaac Asimov
  8. “When you're missing a peice of yourself, aching, gut wrenching emptiness begins to take over. Until you find the link that completes your very soul, the feeling will never go away. Most people find a way to fill this void, material possessions, a string of relationships, affairs, food...I bear my soul, with words, for all to see.” - Jennifer Salaiz
  9. “He asked, "What makes a man a writer?" "Well," I said, "it's simple. You either get it down on paper, or jump off a bridge.” - Charles Bukowski
  10. “I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” - Joan Didion

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5 Quotes About Difficult Writing

  1. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” - Ernest Hemingway
  2. "This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy and that hard." - Neil Gaiman
  3. "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." - Stephen King
  4. “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” - Thomas Mann
  5. “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” - George Orwell

5 Quotes About Good Writing

  1. “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” - Mark Twain
  2. “You don't write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid's burnt socks lying in the road.” - Richard Price
  3. "Description begins in the writer's imagination but should finish in the reader's." - Stephen King
  4. “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” - Thomas Jefferson
  5. “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” - Annie Dillard

Anne Rice's Advice on Writing

5 Quotes About Writing Advice

  1. “You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” - Ray Bradbury
  2. “Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” - Henry David Thoreau
  3. “Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.” - Allen Ginsberg
  4. "Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers." - Ray Bradbury
  5. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” - Stephen King


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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I love these quotes. Thanks for the inspiration!