10 Quotes for You Budding Writers

I thought that many of you budding writers might enjoy these quotes:


I am the sort of man who writes because he has made progress, and who makes progress by writing. — Augustine

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

To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong. — Joseph Chilton Pearce

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. — Ernest Hemingway

If you want to reach the world, reach for the pen. — Dr. Elmer Towns

What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it’s thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on. — C.S. Lewis

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. –William Faulkner

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. — Ben Franklin

Write with the door closed. Rewrite with the door open. — Stephen King

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. — Jack London

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20 Responses to 10 Quotes for You Budding Writers

  1. Great collection of quotes… but I can’t believe you didn’t use one of your own pens for the photo!

  2. L.A. Powell says:

    I love this, cheers!

  3. redshortcomings says:

    Reblogged this on Shortcomings and commented:
    these quotes say it all! the risk is forth it.

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  5. thanks for posting this brilliant collection, poignant and inspiring…im especially moved by E. Leonard, W. Faulkner (who I love as a writer in general), B. Franklin…too many, all., S. King nailed it for me

  6. laura says:

    Good stuff!

  7. Great stuff! Can’t help thinking about what all C.S. Lewis must have thrown in to the fire!

  8. stevegalea6953 says:

    Nice post.

  9. Susan says:

    Excellent – I love so many of these and will add this one by my favorite author.

    “Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuede. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone elses head.” Malcolm Gladwell

    For the record, Stephen King writing behind a closed door scares me . . . .

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