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50 Interesting Quotes for Writers in Writing

Updated on August 12, 2011
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Lakshmi Menon is a published author who writes fiction and non-fiction, as well as health and travel articles.

Inspirational and Motivational Quotes from Famous Writers

We all look forward for some interesting writers quotes to get inspired. Sometimes reading such quotations, the gems of wisdom from the well known writers, motivate us to write more enthusiastically. These writing quotes give us hope and guidance when we struggle to go forward with our writing. Often, these quotes serve as great resources for writers.

  1. 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
  2. Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. - Jules Renard
  3. Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. - Colette
  4. Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better. - V. S. Pritchett
  5. To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. - Herman Melville
  6. My aim is to put down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it. - Ernest Hemingway
  7. Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.- William Faulkner
  8. A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments. - Joyce Cary
  9. Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure. - Oliver Herford
  10. The task of a writer consists in being able to make something out of an idea. - Thomas Mann
  11. This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address. - Barbara Kingsolver
  12. If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper. - T.S. Eliot
  13. Every novel should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
    - Peter De Vries
  14. In nearly all good fiction, the basic - all but inescapable - plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition (perhaps including his own doubts), and so arrives at a win, lose, or draw. - John Gardner
  15. Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any. - Orson Scott Card
  16. I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because when two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties. - Agatha Christie
  17. If you would write emotionally, be first unemotional. If you would move your readers to tears, do not let them see you cry. - James J. Kilpatrick
  18. Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling
  19. The pen is the tongue of the mind. - Miguel de Cervantes
  20. If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works. - John Dos Passos
  21. Writers aren't exactly people.... they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  22. If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I’d type a little faster.
    Isaac Asimov
  23. 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 Nabakov
  24. A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. - -Thomas Mann
  25. The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax. - Alfred Kazin

26. Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. - E.L. Doctorow

27. Publication - is the auction of the Mind of Man.  - Emily Dickinson

28. I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. - James Michener

29. 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

30. The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. - Anaïs Nin.

31. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. - Ray Bradbury

32. Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. - William Wordsworth

33. Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. - Orson Scott Card

34. No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. - Henry Brooks Adams.

35. Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. - Francis Bacon

36. When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.  - Samuel Butler

37. Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may. - Walter Savage Landor

38. Writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.  -Terri Guillemets

39. Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. - Sholem Asch

40. The only cure for writer's block is insomnia. - Merit Antares

37. What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window. - Burton Rascoe

38. The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes. - Agatha Christie

39. A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. - Karl Kraus

40. Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.  - E.L. Doctorow

41. Most editors are failed writers - but so are most writers. - T.S. Eliot

42. A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident. - W. Somerset Maugham

43. Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free. - Samuel Johnson

44. To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.  Lord Byron

45. What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.  -André Gide

46.An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. - Gustave Flaubert

47. Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.  - Franz Kafka

48. One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of one's own flesh in the inkpot, each time one dips one's pen. -Leo Tolstoy

49. A man will turn over half a library to make one book. - Samuel Johnson

50. Loafing is the most productive part of a writer's life.  - James Norman Hall

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thanks masmasika for reading the hub and for the great comments.

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      masmasika 7 years ago

      Great hub. Well researched. thanks for sharing.

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      L.L. Woodard 7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      These quotes are inspirational. I imagine that each time one reads them, a different quote or quotes speak. Today, quote 15 spoke to me. Thank you.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thanks richtwf for reading this hub. I'm glad to know that you liked these quotes. God bless.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Great hub and I love quotes. Thanks for sharing these gems!

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you Eiddwen for stopping by, and offering encouraging comments.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Briiliant hub. Thank you so much for sharing.

      take care lex123.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you for your visit and comment. May God bless you too.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the wonderful collection of quotes. God Bless You.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      ezhuthukari, thanks for your comment, and I'm glad to know you liked them. Some of them are very dear to me.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      mioluna, I'm glad that you find my hub awesome.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you KristenGrace for stopping by and appreciating the hub. Also for marking it as awesome.

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      ezhuthukari 7 years ago from Kerala

      An excellent collection of quotes. Especially liked 3, 11 and 26

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      mioluna 7 years ago

      What can I say except that this hub is awesome!

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      KristenGrace 7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      WOW! What a great collection of quotes. Awesome hub - I'll probably refer to it again!