781 Greatest Quotes About Writing
I have certain moral parameters that I do not cross in writing; I don't write about adultery or kids having premarital sex.
We have the right, and the obligation, to tell old stories in our own ways, because they are our stories.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.
Writing is really a way of thinking--not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.
You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.
Nothing is worth doing at all, nothing is worth writing, which does not do something which will last.
It's just writing about things, feelings, not that we're dark or depressed...just as much as anyone else is.
Something that you feel will find its own form.
The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
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. .
The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Edgar Allan Poe
They hunt you. It's terrible... They never think about how the person feels about what they write.
My writing is jagged and harsh, I want it to remain that way; I don't want it smoothed out.
Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence.
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
I write to understand as much as to be understood.
Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up.
Rest and be kind, you don't have to prove anything.
I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.
The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.
I write only because There is a voice within me That will not be still.
I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication.
I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold the ones they love.
I always said I never wanted to write about love, but then I went and did that anyway.
To me, writing is fun. It doesn't matter what you're writing, as long as you can tell a story.
Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
In all my life, I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing.
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.
There's always pressure, a great deal of pressure, when writing, since my first books were so successful.
I see myself in everything I write. All the good guys are me.
Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
I just wanted to write something about running, but I realized that to write about my running is to write about my writing. It's a parallel thing in me.
I worked probably 25 years by myself, just writing and working, not trying to publish much, not giving readings.
It's not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It's those who write the songs.
let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.