Today I thought I'd bring you some inspiration in the form of some favorite writing quotes.
Some of these make me nod in agreement, with that deep soul-connected feeling of "Yes! someone gets me!" Others bring a wry smile to my lips; still others make me think, and reflect on my own work.
I hope they do the same for you.
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Good writing is like a windowpane. ~ George Orwell
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
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. ~ Anais NinWhen writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. ~ Ernest HemingwayEasy reading is hard writing. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make. ~ Truman Capote
The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary. ~ J. K. Rowling
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. ~ Isaac Asimov
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. ~ Gloria Steinem
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no
concept of humanity. ~ Hermann Hesse
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Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous. ~ W. Somerset Maugham
However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people. ~ Roald Dahl
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. ~ Ernest HemingwayWriting has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. ~ Truman Capote
For me, writing has always come out of living a fairly to-the-bone kind of life, just really being present to a lot of life. The writing has been really a byproduct of that. ~ Alice Walker
For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I'm still awake. I can continue yesterday's dream today, something you can't normally do in everyday life. ~ Haruki Murakami
The desire to write grows with writing. ~ Desiderius Erasmus
Which of these resonates with you most? Any you disagree with? Do you have a favourite quote you'd like to share?