15 Writing Quotes From Writers Then & Now

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“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
– Elmore Leonard

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks, ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.'”
– Maya Angelou

I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.”
– James Patterson

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.”
– Mark Twain

“If you wish to be a writer; write!”
– Epictetus

“No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.”
– James Joyce

“Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.”
– Walter Bagehot

“You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don’t labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.”
– Horace

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
– Ray Bradbury

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
– Stephen King

“And as imagination bodies forth. The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen. Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing. A local habitation and a name.”
– William Shakespeare

“You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up.”
– Toni Morrison

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
– Somerset Maugham