Writing Quotes and Sayings

The key to great writing is ordinary words and simple sentences.
Shane Parrish

Writing helps you think because it gives you nowhere to hide.
Shane Parrish

The best way to improve your ability to think is to spend large chunks of time thinking. One way to force yourself to slow down and think is to write. Good writing requires good thinking. Writing gives poor thinking nowhere to hide. A lack of understanding becomes visible.
Shane Parrish

A writer, like an athlete, must ‘train’ every day. What did I do today to keep in ‘form’?
– Susan Sontag

Writing enables us to leave our mark on the world and reach into the future.
Adiela Akoo

By virtue of writing we convey vital knowledge to those still to come…long after we’ve left…
Adiela Akoo

The pen, they say, is mightier than the sword, having the capacity to change narratives and landscapes. As writers, we have a moral responsibility to leave the world a better place.
Adiela Akoo

The best thing about being a writer is having the capacity to touch the heart of another being with your words.
Adiela Akoo

Writing a long email is easy; Writing a short one is hard.
Shane Parrish

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
– H.G. Wells

Having painstakingly reduced an idea to a three-word quote: “Chaos breeds opportunities.” I was surprised to find the exact quote said by many on the internet. The lesson: the shorter the quote the more the probability that others have also independently said it.
Boghos L. Artinian

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
J. K. Rowling

An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.
Mark Twain

Writing that lacks simplicity reveals thinking that lacks understanding.
Shane Parrish

Writing keeps you honest by revealing your understanding or lack of it.
Shane Parrish

If you want to think about something, write it out.
Shane Parrish

Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.
John Green

The greater the complication, the richer the tale.
– Thor F. Jensen

Writing reveals what thinking conceals.
Shane Parrish

May I suggest that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper. Writing is a great discipline. It is a tremendous educational effort. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many-your families and others-now and in the years to come, as you put on paper some of your experiences and some of your musings.
Gordon B. Hinckley

There are two kinds of sculptures. There’s the kind that subtracts: Michelangelo starts with a block of marble and chips away. And then there is the kind that adds, building with clay, piling it on. The way I write novels is to keep piling on and piling on and piling on.
Jonathan Safran Foer

I only write when I feel the inspiration. Fortunately, inspiration strikes at 10:00 o’clock every day.
William Faulkner

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. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.
William Faulkner

Sure, I’ve had some bad times, but everybody does. But people don’t get to talk about them like I do, unless they do to a therapist. People don’t get to put them in the paper like I do.
Lynn Johnston

I’ve always felt that life is a novel, and part of it is written for you, and part of it is written by you. It’s up to you to write the ending, ultimately.
Lynn Johnston

To write is to read one’s own self.
Max Frisch

Unlike the many sages
And professors of today,
I can’t write many pages
When I have little to say!
Boghos L. Artinian

I do want to work on writing, because writing’s a skill. Writing is something that you can train yourself to know better. To know yourself better. And it’s intimidating as hell.
– Kristen Stewart

Use the creative process – singing, writing, art, dance, whatever – to get to know yourself better.
– Catie Curtis

If you really want to know yourself, start by writing a book.
– Shereen El Feki

Author is the real hero of the book and characters displaced will be his own experiences.

If a writer is daydreaming, leave them be. They could be plotting their next great story.
– Graeme Roberts

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

A drop of ink may make a million think.
Lord Byron

If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.
Lord Byron

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

It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
Horace

If you wish to be a writer, write.
Epictetus

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
John Steinbeck

Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.
Sylvia Plath

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
Sylvia Plath

Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
Jules Renard

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Jules Renard

I’m a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.
Alfred Hitchcock

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Every time I am alone, a pen and a book are my best friends.

Whenever I have a massage to tell the world, a book and a pen are the first to know.

Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.
Clarence Darrow

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