Favorite Quotations ~  Writing & Writers 1,818 Ways to Write Better

"All writing is communication; creative writing is communication through revelation--it is the Self-escaping into the open." ~ E.B.White


The beauty of the written word is that it can be held close to the heart and read over and over again. ~ Florence Littauer

People think you have to be tortured or miserable to write, but I'm finding that I get inspired a lot more these days before I'm happy. ~ Billy Bob Thornton

In writing poetry, all of one's attention is focused on some inner voice. ~ Li Young Lee

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper. ~ Steve Martin

I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about. ~ Truman Capote

Writing only leads to more writing. ~ Colette

When I am not writing, I'm dying. ~ Neil Diamond

I willingly trust myself to chance. I let my thoughts wander, I digress, not only sitting at my work, but all day long, all night even. It often happens that a sentence suddenly runs through my head before I go to bed, or when I am unable to sleep, and I get up again and write it down. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

You have to write a million words before you find your voice as a writer. ~ Henry Miller, The Pen Commandments

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. ~ Joan Didion

Write a novel if you must, but think of money as an unlikely accident. ~ Pearl S. Buck

Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying. ~ John Updike

I do like a song that can look good on a page without even being sung. I edit and edit and edit. ~ Jakob Dylan

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