A Dialoge in 30 Quotes
Sometimes, writing does not come easily. Giving birth to a story can be a painful process. While the voices in my head keep reminding me that this idea needs to come out to make room for new ones, this story seriously seems to disagree. In my writing pain, I turned to some quotes …
Turns out, many-a writers have thought those thoughts before, too. So here a few quotes for you that hopefully inspire you to write (or sit in a dark corner with a cozy blanky).
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.
C. S. Lewis
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.
Alan W. Watts
The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
Alan Dean Foster
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 profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
E. L. Doctorow
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Be ruthless about protecting writing days.
J. K. Rowling
I wish I could write. I get these ideas but I never seem to be able to put them in words.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
In all my life, I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing.
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.
A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not talk.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. Henry David Thoreau
Don’t let a single day go by without writing. Cause even garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.
Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.
So, we need to be selfish at those times. I am because when I sit down to write, there shouldn’t be any distractions. As a writer, I’m not seeking popularity, maybe one day that will come, but I’m in this writing thing because I have stories to tell and I want to get them down. Nobody may ever read them, I may never rise above mediocrity, but I am doing something I love, and very few of us out there can say that unequivocally.
Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer.
The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs,
is making a chore for the reader who reads.
Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.
A. Lee Martinez
Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny.
Alain de Botton
Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever — MAKE.
No artist tolerates reality.
By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.
For me, writing is 75 percent procrastinating and 25 percent actually sitting down and working.
Never think you can’t do something. I definitely never thought I could write a book, and even after I started writing it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, how am I gonna write a book?’ Just set your sights high and reach for the stars. Go live your dreams, and never think you can’t.
Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.
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This may just be the way the story goes. Some artists refuse to sell their paintings, others vomit before they go on stage, but choosing a creative lifestyle seems much healthier than sitting in an office with horrible people. It is summer, the sun is shining and I am super motivated. Nothing comes from nothing but something will come from something.
Eventually, erm …
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52 thoughts on “To Write or Not To Write”
These writing quotes are great!
Thanks for sharing these quotes…nice to read quotes about writing from an array of writers.
Thank you! It was really meditative putting them together. All those struggles or worries, somebody certainly was there before, too.
And meditative for the readers too!
Pawtacular collection of quotes🐾
Thank you for sharing 🐾
Feeling nudged, don’t tell the cat …
Amen, thank you for inspiring us to push on….
Love the quote by Stephen King!
I’ve been bookmarking a few articles to reblog after my hiatal hernia surgery coming up soon and this is definitely one of them 😊
Thank you so much! All the best, please get well soon!
Thank u! Gonna try! 😊 Have been steadily strengthening since the gallbladder surgery end of June; went today to a SilverSneakers strength class w/my wife. If all goes well this kind of thing’ll help me recover better / quicker 😊
Thank you for these! Just what I needed today!
That is awesome! Thanks
Great collection, thank you.
Oh thank you! Pleasure!
What a super collection this is – I could quite agree with the larger majority of those ‘bonmots’…. But I have to admit, that the first one in its paper doily frame sort of jumped at me – I do hate it when I ‘only’ get quotes like the ones above but then I find myself often quoting other people’s thoughts to situations occuring to me -… not so good!
I think the main ‘target’ or ‘goal’ for all of us who write (whatever it may be) is to carry on – and if any of the above quotes are helping, all the better!
Love from my pretty dried out island right now in grey February, Kiki
Thank you Kiki! When I started this blog, I did motivational quotes more in an ironic tone and then they somewhat grew on me … As for writing, we are not reinventing the wheel here and it seems many people had the same kind of problems/emotions/writing pains. Sometimes it’s just nice to find yourself there, too.
Carry on is a great advise! If you ever wanna get anything done, you just have to keep going.
Sunny greetings from Berlin! (This is the best February in ages)