The Best Writing Quotes That Ever Existed
Over the last 2 plus years, I’ve enjoyed posting a lot about the writing styles of famous authors.
To this day, the most popular post on my blog is about Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing. But I’ve posted about many other writers and their insights about their craft as well—Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis and others.
How about some of those tips in one easy to find place? Well, here you go!
Here’s some great writing tips from authors I’ve talked about on 101 Books, plus a few others for good measure:
“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
“Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.” – C.S. Lewis
Or, as George Orwell puts it:
“Never use a long word where a short one will do.” – George Orwell
“Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money.” –Jonathan Franzen
“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.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“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.” –Mark Twain
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” –Stephen King
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” –Winston Churchill
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekhov
I love that last one. Such a great quote.
I’ve never been one to like the typical inspirational quote, but I love quotes about writing because they are practical. And for me, that bit of practical instruction inspires me so I don’t need a picture of a sunset in the background with a fancy font. But that’s just me. And I’m weird.
Feel free to share your favorite writing quotes in the comments!