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.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
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.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
Humor + Writing quotes ⇑Humor Quotes
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
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
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
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.
Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.
All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.
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.
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.
Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.
I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
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.
Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.
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.
Short + Writing quotes ⇑Short Quotes
In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
Write what should not be forgotten.
If a story is in you, it has to come out.
If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.
nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing.
All writing Quotes ⇑
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
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.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The person born with a talent, they are meant to use will, find their greatest happiness in using it.
I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.
I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man.
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 dead... I think I shall write books.
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.
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
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
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.
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.
Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.
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.
Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.
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.
A word after a word after a word is power.
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.
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.
Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.
If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's.
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.
Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.
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.
Don't write to make money, write to build relationships with like-minded people that you haven't yet met.
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 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 don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.
Hiking is walking meditation. Journaling is writing meditation. Praying is gratitude meditation. Showering is accidental meditation. Sitting quietly is direct meditation.
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 concept of humanity.
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.
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.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
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.
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 idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic.
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.
I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.