Quote of the Day, Writing

Quotes of the Day: On Writing

Don’t be ‘a writer,’ but instead be writing–William Faulkner

All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence that you know and then go on from there–Ernest Hemingway

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt–Sylvia Plath

Writing well is the best revenge–Ross MacDonald

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect—-Anaïs Nin

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are–W. Somerset Maugham

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write–Saul Bellow

For it would seem – her case proved it – that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver..–Virginia Woolf

If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter”–Dan Poynter

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be–Mark Twain

No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money–Samuel Johnson

Excellent, inspiring, advice and observations, all of them.

I’m off to start writing!


2 thoughts on “Quotes of the Day: On Writing”

  1. Heinlein’s Rules of Writing:

    1. You must write
    2. You must finish what you write
    3. You must not rewrite except to editorial direction
    4. You must put it on the market
    5. You must keep it on the market until it is sold

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