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15 Quotes that every Writer should know

Musings of famous authors that offer advice, inspiration and solutions to writers.

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

– E. L. Doctorow

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
– William Faulkner

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
Ray Bradbury

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
Edgar Rice Burroughs

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
– John Steinbeck

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
William Faulkner

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou

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

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
Louis L’Amour

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
Annie Proulx

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.
Barbara Kingsolver

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
Terry Pratchett

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
Jane Yolen

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.
Meg Cabot

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Seventeen year old blogger, writer and interviewer. Also a voracious reader. My interests include classic books, archaeology, world history and politics. Staunch advocate for wildlife conservation and animal adoption. Debut novel to be out soon!

7 thoughts on “15 Quotes that every Writer should know

  1. Great share Prapti. I just made a thought spontaneously – “Write Right” and suddenly lot of aspects popped up in my mind – writing right grammatically, writing right ethically, writing right per the target audience… food for thought! 🙂

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  2. I really like that first quote! 🙂 And it’s so true that you have to exercise the writing muscle every day 🙂 and to write what you feel compelled to write 🙂 Thanks for sharing these quotes!

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  3. These great authors created works that made them immortal.Those days works were few and in this age of electronic media, we and the posterity will have make great efforts to find out works of those quality!

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