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Quotations for Writers

Fun and inspirational comments for and from writers

All my life I've had people coming up to me and saying, "I sat under the hair dryer and read one of your little stories, dear. So clever of you. Wish I had the time to do it myself." I just say, "Yes, fine, pity you don't."

-- Rosamunde Pilcher

Writing is easy. You just sit at your typewriter until little drops of blood appear on your forehead.

-- Red Smith

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.

-- Agatha Christie

Get your facts first and then you can distort 'em as you please.

-- Mark Twain

The greatest enemy of creativity is fear.

-- Anonymous

Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

-- Frank Tibolt

I just 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

There are three rules for writing a successful novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

-- W. Somerset Maugham

Procrastination is suicide on the installment plan.

-- Anonymous

I write not because it is what I do, but because it is what I am; not because it is how I make my living, but how I make my life.

-- Alan Jay Lerner

Fiction has to be made better than life ... the only reason for something to happen in a novel is that it's the perfect thing to have happen at that time.

-- John Irving

A certain amount of work for the wastebasket is part of most writers' learning process.

-- Phyllis A. Whitney

A writer must never forget that being a writer is being a professional student. you must never stop learning.

-- Phyllis Taylor Pianka

Writing is agony. Anyone who says otherwise either lies a lot or just writes a little.

-- David J. Jacobs

Nothing makes me angrier than someone who comes up and says casually, "Oh, yes, I'm going to write a book someday, as soon as I have time."

-- Celeste De Blasis

For any writer, no matter how talented, to try writing the kind of book she doesn't enjoy and respect is cruel and unusual punishment -- and useless, besides.

-- Megan Daniel

I like being  a famous writer. The problem is, every once in a while you have to write something.

-- Ken Kesey

To make it easy for the reader isn't easy for the writer.

-- Unknown

Amateurs hope; professionals work.

-- Garson Kanin

Make 'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait.

-- Charles Reade

This is the secret of good story-telling: to lie, but to keep the arithmetic sound.

-- Kurt Vonnegut

The gem cannot be polished without friction.

-- Chinese proverb

The day after winning the Pulitzer, the blank piece of paper is just as white as it was the day before... Writing ... is just as hard.

-- Jolie Graham

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