30 Favorite Quotes on Writing

Happy Birthday To me

Yeah, that picture is going to be the first thing you see all week!

Hello Nerds!

You know, up until this week my birthday has not been all that exciting. I will be 30! And it’s a little scary because there are things I feel like I should have already done. Like…getting married and having kids. But did you know that the average age of a first time mother is in her early 30’s now? That makes me feel a little better.

I decided that I would make my entire birthday week something special because…all birthdays are special.

Today I have for you a list of 30 quotes about writing. Not going to lie, the first 10 are Stephen King quotes…because I love him! And the rest are just quotes that I have found through the years that have really helped me with my own writing. So here it goes!

30 Favorite Writing Quotes

  1. “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.”
    ― Stephen King
  2. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
    ― Stephen King
  3. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
    ― Stephen King
  4. “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
    ― Stephen King
  5. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
    ― Stephen King
  6. “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”
    ― Stephen King
  7. “I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don’t read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read”
    ― Stephen King
  8. “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
    ― Stephen King
  9. “Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
    ― Stephen King
  10. “The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.”
    ― Stephen King
  11. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  12. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway
  13. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
    ― Toni Morrison
  14. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
    ― Saul Bellow
  15. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    ― Jack London
  16. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
    ― Robert Frost
  17. “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
  18. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
    ― Ray Bradbury
  19. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
    ― Stephen King
  20. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
    ― L. Doctorow
  21. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    ― Anton Chekhov
  22. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
    ― Louis L’Amour
  23. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
    ― Anne Frank
  24. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    ―  Somerset Maugham
  25. “The first draft of anything is shit.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway
  26. “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
    ― Neil Gaiman
  27. “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
    ― Neil Gaiman
  28. “Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
    ― Philip José Farmer
  29. “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
    ― Joss Whedon
  30. “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
    ― Neil Gaiman

I love all of these quotes and I want to eventually make a post of them all to hang on my wall. Maybe one day when I have an office I can hang it write above my desk. I will have an office one day…

Tell me, what is your favorite quote. Any kind of quote on any kind of topic. It doesn’t have to be a writing quote.



2 thoughts on “30 Favorite Quotes on Writing

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s