I have recently collected some of my favorite quotes on writing from some people I admire. It’s always comforting to know that someone better than you has been “there” before — full of doubt, exhausted when the words don’t come, angry at one’s own clumsy ineptness — and that they kept going anyway. Here’s a few of them.
“I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett
And … “The first draft of everything is shit.” — Ernest Hemingway
“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 E. Butler
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain
“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” — Stephen King
And most important …
“Write what should not be forgotten.” — Isabel Allende
That’s it for today. Let me know what some of your favorite quotes about writing are in the Comment section.
Thanks for reading.