Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish.
Monica Dickens
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
Ray Bradbury
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
G. K. Chesterton
We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.
Anne Lamott
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
Jules Renard
Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.
Jules Renard
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
Sidney Sheldon
Writing is the flip side of sex – it's good only when it's over.
Hunter S. Thompsonz
You have to write shit; it’s fertilizer.
Jenny Connell
Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then you have to ask them to leave.
Marc Lawrence
There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
Terry Pratchett
A writer should have another lifetime to see if he's appreciated.
Jorge Luis Borges
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
Peter de Vries
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley
Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer - and if so, why?
Bennett Cerf
No one is able to enjoy such feast than the one who throws a party in his own mind.
Selma Lagerlöf
Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.
Neil Gaiman
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Jules Renard
How did I become a writer? In the same way that a woman becomes a prostitute. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and finally I did it for money.
Ferenc Molnar
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
Isabel Colegate
Writing, I explained, was mainly an attempt to out-argue one's past; to present events in such a light that battles lost in life were either won on paper or held to a draw.
Jules Feifer
No one is able to enjoy such feast than the one who throws a party in his own mind.
Selma Lagerlöf
Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.
Elbert Hubbard
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
Anais Nin
Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.
Michael Caine
They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talk about writing or themselves.
Lillian Hellman
I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.
Clarence Budington Kelland
The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence. Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer.
- Rachel Bloom
Writing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I've tried it with my clothes off, but I get distracted.
Anonymous
I write chapter outlines so I can have the pleasure of departing from them later on.
Garth Nix
If you really want to hurt your parents and you don't have nerve enough to be homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts.
Kurt Vonnegut
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Howard Aiken
Get your facts first, and then you can distort 'em as much as you please.
Mark Twain
Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother.
Richard Peck
Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle, and an end.
Philip Larkin
There is no mistaking the dismay on the face of a writer who has just heard that his brain child is a deformed idiot.
L. Sprague de Camp
I gotta dream spectaculars, or someone else will dream them in my place.
Tom Robbins
Your wonder was legit, even if you were really stoned.
Alexis Madrigal
History shows, that the less people read, the more they buy books.
Albert Camus
I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only was of insuring one's immortality.
James Joyce
We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.
John Waters
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