Some quotes we like. They remind us what writing is all about. It is about sharing your thoughts, feelings, emotions with others. It is a way to share yourself with others you may never meet but can leave a lasting influence upon.


Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself. Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.

~Susan Isaacs


I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.

~Mark Twain


The pen is the tongue of the mind.

~ Miguel de Cervantes


Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

~Truman Capote


I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

~Truman Capote


Write from the soul, not from some notion what you think the marketplace wants. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.

~Jeffrey A. Carver


Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then
it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant.
The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

~Winston Churchill


If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.

~Benjamin Franklin


The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in shock-proof shit-detector.
Ernest Hemingway

All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know.
Ernest Hemingway

Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Stephen King

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

Every man usually has something he can do better than anyone else.
Usually it is reading his own handwriting.
–Unknown

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
–Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
–Ernest Hemingway

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense
of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one
page and then another. One day’s works is all I can permit myself to contemplate.
–John Steinbeck

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you.
The jotting is simplicity itself – it is the occurring which is difficult.
–Stephen Leacock

Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should
contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences,
for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines
and a machine no unnecessary parts.
–William Strunk, Jr.

Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession,
and therefore are most economical in its use.
–Mark Twain

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank
verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step
out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that
person could be me.
–Anna Quindlen

If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
–Kingsley Amis