20 greatest quotes about writing

  1. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

Jack Kerouac

  1. “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

William Faulkner

  1. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury

  1. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

Stephen King

  1. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

  1. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

W. Somerset Maugham

  1. “The first draft of anything is shit.”

Ernest Hemingway

  1. “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 

  1. “Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”

Philip José Farmer

  1. “Tears are words that need to be written.”

Paulo Coelho

  1. “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”

Virginia Woolf

  1. “Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.”

Daphne du Maurier

  1. “Always be a poet, even in prose.”

Charles Baudelaire

  1. “A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”

Stephen King

  1. “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”

Lorrie Moore

  1. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”

Albert Camus

  1. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck

  1. “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  1. “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ”

Lady Gaga

  1. “You can fix anything but a blank page.”

Nora Roberts