You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~Jack London.
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. ~Joan Didion.
I like to write when I feel spiteful: it’s like having a good sneeze. ~D.H Lawrence.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in the retrospection. ~Anais Nin.
There is more pleasure to building castles in the air than on the ground. ~ Edward Gibbon.
In brief, keep in mind three things: write about a subject you know, write from the heart and make the reader turn the page. ~Vicki Mackenzie.
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. ~Isaac Asimov
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. ~Peter De Vries
Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind. ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957
Be obscure clearly. ~E.B. White
If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves. ~Don Marquis
I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. ~Norman Mailer
It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order. ~Jean Luc Godard
Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life. ~James Norman Hall
Imitation is the highest form of pissing me off. Quit stealing my content and violating my copyright. ~Jen T. Verbumessor
There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it - and to get sensible men to read it. ~Charles Caleb Cotton
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. ~Raymond Chandler
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G. K. Chesterton