Quotes for Writers - Page 2

(Contributed by Sneha S.K)


"Practice, practice, practice writing. Writing is a craft that requires both talent and acquired skills. You learn by doing, by making mistakes and then seeing where you went wrong."

-Jeffrey A. Carver

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

- Isaac Asimov

"Write from the soul, not from some notion what you think the marketplace wants. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal." 

- Jeffrey A. Carver

"The pen is the tongue of the mind."

- Miguel de Cervantes

"Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public." 

- Winston Churchill

"If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works."

-John Dos Passos

"Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark."

-Annie Dillard

"In good writing, words become one with things."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Writers aren't exactly people.... they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person."

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

"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 are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction." 

-Dylan Thomas, letter to Vernon Watkins, March 1938

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

-Vladimir Nabakov

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