Great Quotes about Writing

Sometimes, an amazing quote can recharge students and professional writers alike with inspiration. Here are inspiring quotes to get you ready for writing your next composition:

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

— Mark Twain

It ain’t whatcha write—it’s the way atcha write it.

Jack Kerouac

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.

— Hunter S. Thompson

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.

– Anaïs Nin

The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

— Samuel Johnson

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.

— Elmore Leonard

Style means the right word. The rest matters little.

— Jules Renard

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.

— Orson Scott

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

— Ernest Hemingway

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do… try to be better than yourself.

— John Steinbeck

Write something that’s worth fighting over—because that’s how you change things.

— Jeff Goins

The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us get up and go to work.

— Stephen King


  1. Peter Druker says:

    Great inspiring quotes!

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