Writing quotes

The secret of being a bore is to tell …The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

Funny Short Secret

What really counts are good endings, not flawed …What really counts are good endings, not flawed beginnings.

Inspirational Life Short

We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite …We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.

Short Time Acceptance

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't …A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Inspirational

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and …If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.

Change Short Idea

Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; …Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.

Courage Honesty

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can …Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.

Life Humor Art

I hate writing, I love having …I hate writing, I love having written.

Witty Humor

The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large …The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.

Short Humor

In order to write about life first you must live …In order to write about life first you must live it.

Life Short Experience

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a …Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.

Time Humor Children Book

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other …A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Humor






Humor + Writing quotes

Humor Quotes
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to …Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Humor Work

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little …If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.

Humor

Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but …Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it

Humor

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this …Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Humor

The first draft of anything is …The first draft of anything is shit.

Humor

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go …I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

Humor Work

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a …Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

Humor Idea

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. …I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.

Humor Individuality

Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl …Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.

Humor

All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to …All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.

Humor

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written …In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.

Humor

Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should …Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.

Humor Book

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks …My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.

Humor Book

Give me just enough information so that I can lie …Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.

Humor

Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of …Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.

Humor

I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it …I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

Humor

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse …I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

Humor

Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a …Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.

Humor

If you're horrible to me, I'm going to write a song about it, and you won't like it. That's how I …If you're horrible to me, I'm going to write a song about it, and you won't like it. That's how I operate.

Humor



Short + Writing quotes

Short Quotes
Don't give people what they want, give them what they …Don't give people what they want, give them what they need.

Short People

Tears are words that need to be …Tears are words that need to be written.

Short Sadness

Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be …Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.

Short Book

A non-writing writer is a monster courting …A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.

Short

In writing, you must kill all your …In writing, you must kill all your darlings.

Short

To be a poet is a condition, not a …To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.

Short

There is creative reading as well as creative …There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Short Humor Reading

A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of …A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.

Short Humor Book

Write what should not be …Write what should not be forgotten.

Short

Easy reading is damn hard …Easy reading is damn hard writing.

Short Reading

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the …The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.

Short Humor Book

If a story is in you, it has to come …If a story is in you, it has to come out.

Short

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you …The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Short Art

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his …When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.

Short Humor

If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't …If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.

Short Humor

nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from …nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing.

Short



All writing Quotes


It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole …It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

Book

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will …The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by …Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Inspirational Wisdom Reading

To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise …To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.

Inspirational Philosophy

One should use common words to say uncommon …One should use common words to say uncommon things

Philosophy Short

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as …If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.

Time Reading

you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you …you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and …And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Imagination Life

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in …We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

Life Short Moment

The scariest moment is always just before you …The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Moment

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and …There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Emotions

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different …You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Inspirational Reading

The person born with a talent, they are meant to use will, find their greatest happiness in using …The person born with a talent, they are meant to use will, find their greatest happiness in using it.

Happiness

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about …Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.

I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever …I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.

Idea Book

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like …There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do …If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy.

Funny

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned …Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Inspirational

There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect …There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of …Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.

The difference between the 'almost right word' and the 'right word' is really a large matter. It's …The difference between the 'almost right word' and the 'right word' is really a large matter. It's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in …A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.

Imagination World Book

With writing, we have second …With writing, we have second chances.

Always be a poet, even in …Always be a poet, even in prose.

Poetry Short Advice

A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to …A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.

I want to do something splendid... Something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm …I want to do something splendid... Something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead... I think I shall write books.

Book

Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't …Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read.

Music Humor

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a …When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master …A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it

Freedom

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of …Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.

I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or …I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the …Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

Life Poetry

One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto …One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.

I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead …I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man.

It's amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this book …It's amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this book survives, his ideas live.

Idea Book

Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written …Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according …Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Imagination Honesty

Fiction is the truth inside the …Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing …Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.

Imagination Advice

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that …What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.

Book Reading

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the …Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for …You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

Book

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape …The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.

I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently …I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after …Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.

Thought

A word after a word after a word is …A word after a word after a word is power.

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing …The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the …Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.

Advice

Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the …Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's.

Imagination

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write …If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

Book

You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to …You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own …Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, …When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time.

Music Art

Build your own pyramids, write your own …Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.

Inspirational

While I'm writing, I'm far away; and when I come back, I've …While I'm writing, I'm far away; and when I come back, I've gone.

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, …Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.

Enemy Art

If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your …If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, 'When you're ready'.

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for …So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then …If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

Feeling

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. …If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.

Reading

My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to …My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see.

Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that …Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.

Inspirational Love

I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss-you can't do it …I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss-you can't do it alone.

Simile

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of …Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no …Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

History Humanity Book

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those …Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.

Art

Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your …Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can't quite keep up with gravity.

Simile

It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that …It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to …You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

Imagination

A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be …A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.

You know, it's hard work to write a book. I can't tell you how many times I really get going on an …You know, it's hard work to write a book. I can't tell you how many times I really get going on an idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic.

Funny

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and …Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.

Reading

You can fix anything but a blank …You can fix anything but a blank page.

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in …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

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would …I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.

One day I will find the right words, and they will be …One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong …My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the …The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That's actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.

Funny

Personally, I believe “Young Adult” to be an arbitrary title that means the book 'Can be enjoyed by …Personally, I believe “Young Adult” to be an arbitrary title that means the book "Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who's not quite an adult/Isn't really boring.

Book

Living with him is like being told a perpetual story: his mind is the biggest, most imaginative I …Living with him is like being told a perpetual story: his mind is the biggest, most imaginative I have ever met. I could live in its growing countries forever.

Imagination Love Mind

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very …Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy …You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. …People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.