Quotes on Writing

I’ve recently grown admiration for quotes, particularly of literary origin. Since writing is a craft I’m seeking to hone, phrases and ideas on the writing process, creativity, story, and such elements have gained more of my attention. Here are a few quotes on writing that I enjoy.

Quotes on Writing

  • “In prose you make the paragraph. Every paragraph is a poem.” – Jack Kerouac via @jamietworkowski
  • “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, $#*@ detector.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “The telephone and visitors are the work destroyers.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • Ernest Hemingway once took a bet to write a six word novel. His result? ‘For sale, baby shoes, never worn.'” via @rainnwilson
  • “The writer’s life is a decision to write badly, study greatness, find out about life. It’s a difficult blessing…” – @annelamott
  • “I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” – Anne Rice
  • “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” – Gustave Flaubert
  • “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” – Joseph Heller
  • “The hardest part of writing is not the writing part, it’s the figuring-out-what-I’m-trying-to -say part.” – @Sarcasticluther
  • “Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” – Carol Burnett
  • “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” – Peter De Vries
  • “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “A book is a container for an idea.” – Seth Godin


What quotes on writing do you like?


5 responses to “Quotes on Writing

    • Pat, I’m actually in the slow process of writing a book. I realized last year that it’s something I want to do (at least one), so I started writing a bit here and there.

      What would you want to read from me?

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