Top 11 Writing Quotes

WritingSuffering from a lack of inspiration? Wondering why you decided to write for a living? Stimulate and reassure yourself with my 11 favourite “writers on writing” quotes.

  • “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.”
    Roald Dahl
  • “One of the advantages of being dead, I guess, is that somebody else can edit all this.”
    Hunter S. Thompson
  • “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
    Richard Bach
  • “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
    Mark Twain
  • “Write drunk, edit sober.”
    Ernest Hemingway (attributed)
  • “He regarded himself as an accomplished writer — a clear sign of madness in anyone.”
    Paul Theroux
  • “And I find – I’m 63, and my capacity to be by myself and just spend time by myself hasn’t diminished any. That’s the necessary part of being a writer, you better like being alone.”
    John Irving
  • “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
    Kurt Vonnegut
  •  “The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn. Perhaps the comparison is closer to the Chinese cook who leaves hardly any part of a duck unserved.”
    Graham Greene
  • “You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
    John Irving 
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    Robert Benchley

Michele Martinelli is a London based writer, you can follow him on @Greatbites.


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