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Writing Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Writing

Please enjoy these Writing Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

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We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No one likes to work for free.
To copy an artist's work and download it free is stealing.
It's hard work writing and recording music,
and it's morally wrong to steal it.
- Gary Wright

I love new writing, new blood, modern works by unknown writers.
- Joseph Fiennes

There's no such thing as perfect writing,
just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
- Haruki Murakami

Writing has never been a driving force within me.
- Jeffrey Combs

In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis.
When I got through writing the essay,
I was sure I had the disease.
- Constance Baker Motley

When I was young, I just sat down and started playing Chopsticks at the piano.
I got so far and then lost interest.
Eventually, I regained it and started writing songs.
- Otis Blackwell

The easy answer is that writing novels is a lot more fun than practicing law.
- Jeffery Deaver

We are both drawn to surreal situations so the writing was a joy.
- Dylan Moran

I had neither expert aid nor advice.
I studied no courses in writing; until a year or so ago,
I never read a book by anybody advising writers how to write.
- Robert E. Howard

When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses,
you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors.
- Stephen Sondheim

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I've included these little jokes and mysteries in my
writing for the amusement of readers.
- Armistead Maupin

I liked the challenge of writing in a very concise
structure in which both meaning and form are important.
- Jeffery Deaver

My education and background thoroughly inform my writing.
- David Brin

Oh, it's essential.
I mean, you have to - if I'm writing about the Middle East,
I have to go there, and if possible,
stay long enough to get a real feeling for what's going on.
- Joe Sacco

I have terrible handwriting.
I now say it's a learning disability...
but a nun who was a very troubled woman hit me over
the fingers with a ruler because my writing was so bad.
- Andrew Greeley

I've grown tremendously as an actor by being there.
It is comic writing the likes of which I don't know
that I'll ever see again and it's been a great,
great experience.
- Matt LeBlanc

I just like to entertain myself by sitting down and writing songs.
- Richard Thompson

The process of creating is related to the process of
dreaming although when you are writing you're doing
it and when you're dreaming,
it's doing you.
- Robert Stone

I've always believed in writing without a collaborator,
because where two people are writing the same book,
each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
- Agatha Christie

If I did anything 'next,' I would do writing.
- Ellen Muth

We decided we didn't want to do a musical for TV because
the idea of writing a musical that would be seen on
television once seems insane.
- Neil Tennant

Especially in the last 10 years, the writing on animated
shows has jumped by leaps and bounds.
- Will Friedle

I got a book deal without even turning in one shred of a writing sample.
- Janice Dickinson

It was Noel Coward whose technique I envied and tried to emulate.
I collected all his records and writing.
- Kenneth Williams

If people have bought something of mine,
they know by now that I will decline writing it for the movies.
- Patricia Highsmith

Writing is writing, and stories are stories.
Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction.
And even there, who can be sure?
- Tanith Lee

Even if I knew for certain that I would never have
anything published again,
and would never make another cent from it,
I would still keep on writing.
- Brenda Ueland

I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.
- Antonia Fraser

It's hard for me to just practice without writing something.
- Geddy Lee

On the other hand when you are someone who records
their own songs you are basically stuck writing for
one voice and for one style that can stifle you a bit.
It's a real trade off.
- Cynthia Weil

I've been writing in notebooks for 40 years or so.
- Frank McCourt

Translation makes me look at how a poem is put together in a different way,
without the personal investment of the poem I'm writing myself,
but equally closely technically.
- Marilyn Hacker

I want to die in the saddle.
I love writing, producing, acting, directing.
- Peter Fonda

I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
- Robert Sheckley

It seems to me that since I've had children,
I've grown richer and deeper.
They may have slowed down my writing for a while,
but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
- Anne Tyler

Well, I'd had the Fat Mattress earlier as a writing
outlet for songs and that.
- Noel Redding

My writing improved the more I wrote -
and the more I read good writing,
from Shakespeare on down.
- Dick Schaap

Oh yeah, I was one of the first guys writing comic books,
I wrote Captain America, with guys like Stan Lee,
who became famous later on with Marvel Comics.
- Mickey Spillane

For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.
- Larry Wall

I like myself better when I'm writing regularly.
- Willie Nelson

Writing a novel is a terrible experience,
during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
- Flannery O'Connor

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one
had to really guide me towards science fiction.
It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.
- Octavia Butler

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker

When I'm writing something, I try not to get analytical
about it as I'm doing it,
as I'm writing it.
- Quentin Tarantino

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can
earn much more money writing or talking about his art
than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden

I really enjoy the therapeutic value of writing songs.
- Shannon Hoon

I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
I don't sell it before I finish writing it.
- Ann Patchett

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Luckily, in my case, I have managed,
by writing,
to do the one thing that I always wanted to do.
- Jonathan Coe

However, please allow me to say that the fundamental
style of my writing has been to start from my personal
matters and then to link it up with society,
the state and the world.
- Kenzaburo Oe

I began writing a book on love because I felt that
the United States is moving away from love.
- Bell Hooks

I started writing when I was about thirteen.
- Al Purdy

When you're a songwriter and you click with someone,
you tend to want to keep writing with that person.
- Billy Sherwood

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose,
and wants to be a poet.
So he begins every line with a capital letter,
and keeps on writing prose.
- Samuel McChord Crothers

Writing sessions can last an hour or sixteen hours,
depending on how it's going.
- Orson Scott Card

I like writing because you can make things happen and
turn out the way they never do in real life.
- Rob Reiner

I'd be happy to do Star Trek again, if the writing was right.
- Stephen Collins

This at least should be a rule through the letter-writing world:
that no angry letter be posted till four-and-twenty
hours will have elapsed since it was written.
- Anthony Trollope

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
- Jorge Luis Borges


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