Writers And Writing Quotes

Writers And Writing Quotes by Neil Gaiman, Samuel Johnson, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Brian Aldiss and many others.

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doe

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
Neil Gaiman
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Samuel Johnson
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
Truman Capote
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.
John Steinbeck
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
William Faulkner
There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
Brian Aldiss
Sit down and 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.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
Peter De Vries
Reading usually precedes writing. And the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.
Susan Sontag
Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money.
J. P. Donleavy
Only ambitious nonentities and hearty mediocrities exhibit their rough drafts. It’s like passing around samples of sputum.
Vladimir Nabokov
The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.
Russell Baker
Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
Alice Munro
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.
Larry Niven
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that’s the only way you can do anything really good.
William Faulkner
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
Jane Yolen