50 Inspiring Quotes About Writing from the World's Greatest Authors - Deepstash

"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

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50 Inspiring Quotes About Writing from the World's Greatest Authors

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"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."

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"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."

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"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."

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

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"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple."

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Benjamin Franklin

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

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"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."

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"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."

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"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. The...

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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."

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"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced."

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"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."

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"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."

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"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."

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"Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences."

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"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."...

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"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."

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"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in."

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"You can make anything by writing." 

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"A word after a word after a word is power."

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"Tears are words that need to be written."

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"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 writ...

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

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"To survive, you must tell stories."

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"Always be a poet, even in prose."

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"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."

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"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

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"I write to discover what I know."



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

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"A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another pers...

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"Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish." ...

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"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing." 

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"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....

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"As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand." 

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"A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends." 

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"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." 

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"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the nar...

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"Writers live twice."



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"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme."

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"Words are a lens to focus one's mind." 

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"I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within."



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"Writing is its own reward." 

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"A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God." 

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"I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged."



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"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." 

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"Half my life is an act of revision." 

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"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good."



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"Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being."



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"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. "...

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