Humourous Quotes About Writing


“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” Philip Roth

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King

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“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” George Orwell

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” Roald Dahl,

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” Virginia Woolf

“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

“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.” Allegra tumblr_mevv26L7TQ1qd96hso1_500Goodman

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” Doris Lessing

“Style is to forget all styles.” Jules Renard

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”
Tom Clancy,

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” Lawrence Block

“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!” Fred East

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” Joyce Carol Oates10368251_10152232792712054_5419991099392271939_n (1)

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.” Stephen King,

“Beware of advice—even this.” Carl Sandburg

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”Harper Lee,

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” R.L. Stine

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” Ray Bradbury

“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open 41ZTEkQxGKL._SY300_flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.” George Singleton

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” William Carlos Williams

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”Elmore Leonard

“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” Margaret Laurence

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain

“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” Henry David Thoreau

“Writers live twice.”Natalie Goldberg

 

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10 thoughts on “Humourous Quotes About Writing

  1. This is my favorite NaBloPoMo post so far! Sometimes we laugh because something’s funny and sometimes we laugh because it’s true. I think it’s both in this case. 🙂 Now I don’t feel quite so bad about being a frustrated writer.

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