Writing Quotes SMS Collection

It is the little writer rather than

It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to quote, and the reason is that he is never really

The pages are still blank but there

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become

A writer is somebody for whom writing

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.  ~Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947LCD

Writing i think is not apart from

Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and

Write your first draft with heart re write

Write your first draft with your heart.  Re-write with your head.  ~From the movie Finding Forrester

Write down the thoughts of moment those

Write down the thoughts of the moment.  Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.  ~Francis Bacon

Let me walk through the fields of

Let me walk through the fields of paper touching with my wand dry stems and stunted butterflies…. ~Denise Levertov, "A Walk through the Notebooks"

If my doctor told me i had

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

Novelists fashioning nets to sustain and support

Novelists… fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence.  ~Fay WeldonPL

There are men that will make you

There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a

Sit down and put down everything that

Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer.  But an author is one who can judge

All my best thoughts were stolen by

All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonRDB; PMB

To withdraw myself from has ever been

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.  ~Lord Byron

I love writing the swirl and swing

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.  ~James Michener

I hate writing love having written dorothy

I hate writing, I love having written.  ~Dorothy Parker, may not be exact wordingGloria Steinem in PL no no

Our passions shape our books repose writes

Our passions shape our books; repose writes them in the intervals.  ~Proust, The Past Recaptured, 1927LCD

Dont be too harsh to these poems

Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed.  I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty:  at least, if the things

Words so innocent and powerless as

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the

Caress your phrase tenderly it will end

Caress your phrase tenderly: it will end by smiling at you. ~Anatole France

A great writer creates his precursors jorge

The debit is mutual; a great writer [A] great writer creates his precursors.  ~Jorge Luis Borges, Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952, translated from SpanishLa deuda es

If i dont write to empty my

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.  ~Lord Byron

When i dont make any progress it

When I don’t make any progress, it is because I have bumped into the wall of language. Then I draw back with a bloody

Was it only by dreaming or writing

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought? ~Joan Didion

Its not plagiarism im recycling words

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

Writing is both mask and unveiling eb

Writing is both mask and unveiling.  ~E.B. WhitePL

Metaphors have a way of holding the

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.  ~Orson Scott Card

You write to communicate the hearts and

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through

The road to hell is paved with

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.  ~Stephen King

A writer and nothing else a man

A writer and nothing else:  a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.  ~John K. Hutchens,

And by the way everything in life

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. 

The time to begin writing an article

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and

The good writers touch life often mediocre

The good writers touch life often.  The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her.  The bad ones rape her and leave her for

Authors are magpies echoing each others words

Authors are magpies, echoing each other’s words and seizing avidly on anything that glitters.  ~Bergen Evans

No one means all he says and

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.  ~Henry Brooks

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.  ~Hannah Arendt

The difference between the almost right word

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – it’s the difference between the lightning bug

Loafing is the most productive part of

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.  ~James Norman HallCUL

Substitute 34damn34 every time youre inclined to

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. 

Every word born of an inner necessity

Every word born of an inner necessity – writing must never be anything else.  ~Etty Hillesum, quoted in Ten Fun Things to Do Before

No author dislikes to be edited as

No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.  ~Russell LynesCUL

I write because im afraid to say

I write because I’m afraid to say some things out loud. ~Gordon Atkinson, reallivepreacher.com

Writing is a struggle against silence carlos

Writing is a struggle against silence.  ~Carlos Fuentes

One ought only to write when one

One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of one’s own flesh in the inkpot, each time one dips one’s pen.  ~Leo

We write to remember our nows later

We write to remember our nows later. ~Terri Guillemets

If i fall asleep with a pen

If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it ? I might be writing in my dreams. ~Terri Guillemets

The writer writes in order to teach

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is

I want to write books that unlock

I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.  ~John UpdikePL

The role of a writer is not

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

Writing is a socially acceptable form of

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

Ink on paper is as beautiful to

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we?  ~Terri Guillemets

One hates an author thats all author

One hates an author that’s all author.  ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Beppo", stanza 75; BMC

Dialogue is not just quotation it grimaces

Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs. ~Jerome Stern, Making

Id rather be caught holding up a

I’d rather be caught holding up a bank than stealing so much as a two-word phrase from another writer.  ~Jack Smith

Be obscure clearly eb white

Be obscure clearly.  ~E.B. White SD

It is necessary to write if the

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly

Being an author is being in charge

Being an author is being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.  ~Terri Guillemets

One must be drenched in words literally

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right

The land of literature is a fairy

The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades

An original writer is not one who

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.  ~Chateaubriand, Le Génie du Christianisme, 1802LCD

Sleep on your writing take a walk

Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal;

Easy reading is damn hard writing nathaniel

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

The process of writing has something infinite

The process of writing has something infinite about it.  Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.  ~Elias Canetti

Publication is the auction of mind

Publication – is the auction of the Mind of Man.  ~Emily DickinsonLCE

It seems to me that those songs

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them.  The

The best style is the you dont

The best style is the style you don’t notice.  ~Somerset MaughamPL

Writing is utter solitude the descent into

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.  ~Franz KafkaPL

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.  ~Samuel Johnson

For me a page of good prose

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle.  ~John Cheever(1912 – 1982) US short-story

I try to leave out the parts

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

The most beautiful things are those that

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.  ~André Gide, Journals, 1894LCD

What i like in a good author

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931PMB, p235

Books want to be born i never

Books want to be born: I never make them.  They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such. 

Dancing in all its forms cannot be

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and,

You never have to change anything you

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.  ~Saul Bellow

How vain it is to sit down

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Journal, 19 August 1851MBT

Proofread carefully to see if you any

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

No man should ever publish a book

No man should ever publish a book until he has first read it to a woman.  ~Van Wyck BrooksPL

A prose writer gets tired of writing

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet.  So he begins every line with a capital letter, and

The best time for planning a book

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.  ~Agatha ChristieLCE

Writing is a product of silence carrie

Writing is a product of silence.  ~Carrie Latet

The two most engaging powers of an

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.  ~Samuel JohnsonPL

My language is the common prostitute that

My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.  ~Karl KrausCUL

Drama instead of telling us the whole

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when

I asked ring lardner the other day

I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or

Having imagination it takes you an hour

Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute.  Or you

A good style should show no signs

A good style should show no signs of effort.  What is written should seem a happy accident.  ~W. Somerset Maugham, Summing Up, 1938LCD

A synonym is a word you use

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanishmbt; Baltasar Gracian y Morales, Baltasar

The first goal of writing is to

The first goal of writing is to have one’s words read successfully.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

What would there be in a story

What would there be in a story of happiness?  Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.  ~André GideSD

Writing comes more easily if you have

Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.  ~Sholem Asch

The maker of a sentence launches out

The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those

Every writer i know has trouble writing

Every writer I know has trouble writing. ~Joseph Heller

The good writing of any age has

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have a mighty dull literature if all the