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Top 20 Quotes about Writing

Updated on February 20, 2013
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20) Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke. 
 -F. Scott Fitzgerald

19) Books aren't written- they're rewritten. -Michael Crichton

18) The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile. -Robert Cormier

17) I learned to write by listening to people talk. I still feel that the best of my writing comes from having heard rather than having read. Gayl Jones

16) There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. -William Somerset Maugham

15) If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes. -Mickey Spillane

14) Easy reading is damn hard writing. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

13) We don't write what we know. We write what we wonder about. -Richard Peck

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

11) The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write. -Gabriel Fielding

10) 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 master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. -William Faulkner

9) Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential. -Jessamyn West

8) I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. -James Michener

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

6) The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do. -Thomas Jefferson

5) You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. -Jack London

4) Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. -Norman Mailer

3) A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. -Richard Bach

2) Show don't tell. -Henry James

1) If you wish to be a writer, write. -Epictetus


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    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These are great quotes. I love reading quotes about writing!

    • marwan asmar profile image

      Marwan Asmar 

      6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Good quotes by good writers. Its endless. Writing seems to be easy but its jolly hard work even for experienced writers because every time you sit at the typewriter or now the computer, its a new experience, starting all over again like a child learning how to write.

    • msorensson profile image


      6 years ago

      I love your #1 Choice..

      1) If you wish to be a writer, write. -Epictetus


      I enjoyed the hub.

    • Anishpat profile imageAUTHOR

      Anish Patel 

      6 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Thanks you.

    • Anishpat profile imageAUTHOR

      Anish Patel 

      6 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Thanks Deborah,

    • jgiecek profile image


      6 years ago

      "An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke"

      It is?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      Great piece.

    • alisha4u profile image


      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Super Like !

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awesome and interesting and so true.. the more you write and read and listen the more you will want to write and read and listen..

      great hub

      voted up


    • Melchius profile image


      6 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Like this and they're all true.


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