21 Quotes About Writing

Here are a few gems I came across about writing and the writer’s life.  Enjoy!

1)  The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain

2)  I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper. ~ Steve Martin

3)  A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. ~ Richard Bach

4)  If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing. ~ Kingsley Amis

5)  Always avoid alliteration. ~ Author Unknown

6)  If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know? ~ Steve Wright

7)  Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. ~ Author Unknown

8)  I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~ Elmore Leonard

9)  Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

10)  Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs. ~  John Osborne

11)  Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~ E.L. Doctorow

12)  It’s not plagiarism – I’m recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do. ~ Uniek Swain

13)  A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. ~ Baltasar Gracian

14)  What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. ~ Burton Rascoe

15)  It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~ Robert Benchley

16)  Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. ~ Jules Renard

17)  It’s a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word. ~ Andrew Jackson

18)  With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs. ~ James Thurber

19)  If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers. ~ Irvin S. Cobb

20)  A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print. ~ Marguerite Yourcenar

21)  For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can. ~ Ernest Hemingway