Quotes about writing

10 Shareable Quotes about Writing

Sometimes you need a little kick start to quiet the internal naysayers and get the writerly muses chatting. Here are ten quotes about writing to get you going!

1.) Steven King


 2.) Anais Nin


3.) Jo Leigh


4.) Annie Dillard


5.) Sylvia Plath


6.) Louis L’amour


7.) Maya Angelou


 8.) George Eliot


 9.) Margaret Atwood


 10.) Neil Gaiman



What quotes about writing inspire you? Leave your favorite quote in the comments below, and we might just turn it into another quote card for you to share!

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  1. My personal favorite is:
    “The first draft of anything is shit.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

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

  2. “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure false on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then I gradually write one page and then another.” – John Steinbeck

  3. All of your quotes are inspirational – here are some faves of mine:

    The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. ~Ursula K. Le Guin

    All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary — it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences. ~Somerset Maugham

    Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. ~Orson Scott Card

  4. I love these — thanks for sharing! These are a couple of my favorites…

    “Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, it they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

    “Always be a poet, even in prose.” -Charles Baudelaire

  5. I like the one about ‘don’t hoard it’. I try to work that into plenty of aspects of my life! Why hide something away for later, when later might not come? Use what you’ve got now!

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