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Quotations about Writing


Writing can transport us to other worlds, inspire deep introspection, and bring forth a cascade of emotions, all through the mere arrangement of 26 humble letters. Yet, as anyone who has ever stared at a blank page can attest, the journey from a fleeting thought to a well-crafted piece of prose can be fraught with challenges. From the struggle of wrangling elusive ideas onto paper, to the endless quest for the perfect turn of phrase, writing presents an array of trials that can both frustrate and fascinate. Indeed, it is this paradoxical blend of pain and pleasure, of hardship and triumph, that gives writing its magic.

The following collection of quotations provides a whimsical exploration of writing and its inherent difficulties. Penned by authors, scholars, and humorists, these lines encapsulate the unique predicaments faced by scribes of all stripes. They acknowledge the struggle, celebrate the perseverance, and, most importantly, remind us that we're not alone in our writing woes.

quotations about writing

"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." Thomas Mann (German novelist, 1875-1955)

"The first draft is just you telling yourself the story." Terry Pratchett (English fantasy writer, 1948-2015)

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"Easy reading is damn hard writing." Nathaniel Hawthorne (American novelist, 1804-64)

Writing is a socially acceptable form of *schizophrenia.*theft.*ranting.* E.L. Doctorow (American novelist, 1931-2015)

"Writing is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration." Thomas Alva Edison (American inventor, 1847-1931)

"Writing is 1% inspiration, and 99% elimination." Louise Brooks (American film actress, 1906-1985)

"Writing is 1% inspiration, and 99% not getting distracted by the internet." Anon

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"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money." Jules Renard (French novelist and dramatist, 1864-1910)

I'm writing a book. I've got the *page numbers*introduction*first chapter* done. Steven Wright (American comedian, 1955-)

"If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur." Doug Larson (American columnist, 1926-2017)

"If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research." Wilson Mizner (American dramatist, 1876-1933)

"Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." E.L. Doctorow (American novelist, 1931-2015)

The most terrifying thing for a writer is a *blank page.*shallow idea.*pushy publisher.* Anon

"I hate writing, I love having written." Dorothy Parker (American critic and humorist, 1893-1967)

Every writer I know has *trouble writing.*a dog.*weird dreams.* Joseph Heller (American novelist, 1923-99)

"As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

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"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet." Anon

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The road to hell is paved with *adverbs.*good intentions.*pronouns.* Stephen King (American author, 1947-)

"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn." Anne Frank (German-born Jewish diarist, 1929-1945)

"Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers." Charles Bukowski (German-born American writer, 1920-94)

"I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say." Flannery O'Connor (American novelist, 1925-1964)

"After being turned down by numerous publishers, he had decided to write for posterity." George Ade (American humorist and dramatist, 1866-1944)

"He writes so well, he makes me feel like putting my quill back in my goose." Fred Allen (American humorist, 1894-1956)

"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing." Kingsley Amis (English novelist and poet, 1922-95)

"Authors with *a mortgage*a wife*a bountiful garden* never get writer's block." Mavis Cheek (English novelist, 1948-)

"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." G. K. Chesterton (English essayist and poet, 1874-1936)

"He who writes badly thinks badly." William Cobbett (English political reformer, 1762-1835)

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." E. L. Doctorow (American novelist, 1931-)

I suppose most editors are failed writers – but so are most *writers.*of us.*people.* T. S. Eliot (Anglo-American poet, critic, and dramatist, 1888-1965)

'The cat sat on the mat' is not a story. 'The cat sat on the dog's mat' is a story. John le Carre (English thriller writer, 1931-)

"If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when reading." Don Marquis (American poet and journalist, 1878-1937)

"If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research." Wilson Mizner (American dramatist, 1876-1933)

Anyone could write a novel given six weeks, pen, paper, and no telephone or *wife.*deadline.*dog.* Evelyn Waugh (English novelist, 1903-66)

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