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I’m sure I speak for most writers when I say that as a group we tend to see and understand the intricate power of a word. Words without a doubt have the magical ability to touch us, move us and cut us deep.

Now I know there are thousands of wonderful quotes on writing but here you will find a compilation of my personal top 100.

All of these, in a different way, somehow hit that sore spot inside my heart and dig right down to the bone,so that I can’t ignore its message or lesson, even I try.


I hope some of these quotes are as valuable to you as they are to me.


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
 Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway


“Tears are words that need to be written.”
― Paulo Coelho


“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison


“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
― Annie Proulx


“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King


“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
― William Wordsworth


“If a story is in you, it has got to come out.”

― William Faulkner


“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you did not write”.



“I write to give myself strength. I write to be characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I am afraid of.”

 ― Joss Whedon


“A professional write is an amateur who didn’t quit”.

― Richard Bach


“But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer? I have to say no! I always was a writer.”

― Ursula Le Guin


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

 ― Benjamin Franklin


“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”

― Natalie Goldberg


“You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing”.

            ― Doris Lessing


“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.”

― Beverly Cleary


“Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.” ―Lawrence Kasdan


“When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

― Mark Twain


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“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.”

― Holley Gerth


“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath


“Writing eases my suffering…writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.” ―Gao Xingjian


“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.”

           ― Bill Wheeler


“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine”.

― Emily Dickinson


“When asked “how do you write?” I invariably answer “One word at a time.” ―Stephen King


“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

           ― Stephen King


“You might not write well every day but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

            ― Jodi Picoult


“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

― Octavia Butler


“The writer is by nature a dreamer – a conscious dreamer.”

― Carson McCullers


“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

― Ray Bradbury


“Write like it matters and it will.”

― Libba Bray


“Writing, to me is simply thinking through my fingers.”

― Isaac Asimov


“I will write my way into another life.”

― Ann Patchett


“Waiting for inspiration to write is like standing at the airport waiting for a train.”   ―Unknown


“As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying…and write about the silence.”

― N.R. Hart


“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”

― Charles de Lint


“Be ruthless about protecting writing days i.e. do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days”

― J.K. Rowling


“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”

― Joseph Heller


“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”

― Chris Colfer


“If you wait for inspiration to writer, you’re not a writer; you’re a waiter.”

― Dan Poynter


“Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric.”

 ― Buffy Andrews


“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

― E.L. Doctorow


“You fail only if you stop writing.”

― Ray Bradbury


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“To survive, you must tell stories.”

          ― Umberto Eco


“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.”

― Susan Sontag


“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”

― Eugene Ionesco


“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”

― Junot Diaz


“What doesn’t kill us gives us something new to write about.”

― Julie Wright


“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”

Jacques Derrida


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

 ― Anais Nin


“A library is a hospital for the mind.”

― Anonymous


“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”

― Christina Brown


“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

― E.L. Doctorow


“If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.”

― Margaret Atwood


“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour


“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost


“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
― Stephen King


“The first draft of anything is shit.”
― Ernest Hemingway


“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
― Ernest Hemingway


“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


“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.”
― Franz Kafka


“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
― Isaac Asimov


“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood


“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”
― Caroline Gordon


“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
― Anaïs Nin


“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”
― Meg Cabot


“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury


“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”
― Anaïs Nin


“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
― Stephen King


“Write what should not be forgotten.”
― Isabel Allende


“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
― James A. Michener


“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke


“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
― George Orwell


“Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?”
― Cornelia Funke


“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose……Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. – And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke


“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”
Franz Kafka


“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
― Isaac Asimov


“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury


“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”
― Alan W. Watts


“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”
― Graham GreeneWays of Escape


“If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!”
― Jackie Collins


“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
― George OrwellPolitics and the English Language


“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
― Martin Luther


“Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”
― Ann PatchettTruth and Beauty


“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
― George Gordon Byron


“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
― Lisa SeeSnow Flower and the Secret Fan


“If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”
― David MitchellBlack Swan Green


“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out all the wrong words.”

         – Mark Twain


“Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious.”



“You can make anything by writing.”

           ― C.S Lewis


“If you wish to be a writer, write.”

            ― Epictetus


“The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.”

            ― David Schlosser


“First drafts don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be written.”

             ― Unknown


“To write means more than putting pretty words on a page; the act of writing is to share a part of your soul with the world.”



“A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing. It can change your life.”

 ― Tobias Wolff


“You must write for yourself and not what you think people want to read.”

Jodi Ellen Malpas


“Write. Write. Write. Don’t worry so much about being published or discovered. Worry about writing what you have to write – what you need to say and how you’re going to say it. The rest will come.”

 ― Uzodinma Iweala



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