10 Inspiring Quotes from Writers About Writing

Writers love to write (and talk) about writing. Fortunately, sometimes they say some pretty good stuff about it. They can be just what you need if you’re lacking inspiration or just need a kick up the bum to go and well, write. Here are ten of my favourite quotes on writing.

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story”

Terry Pratchett

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Stephen King

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

Douglas Adams

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison

“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”

Raina Maria Rilke

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”

William Faulkner

“You can fix anything but a blank page.”

Nora Roberts

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”

Dorothy Parker

“If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.”

George Orwell

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

Robert Frost

Those are my top quotes – what do you think? What are your favourite ones? Let me know in the comments!

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