Writers on Writing – Some Good Quotes

I have always been fond of quotes and have a good collection of them. Whenever I see a good quote, I save it in one of my many digital files under the relevant heading. One file has quotes by famous writers, all on their own art – writing. These words of wisdom can truly provide inspiration and guidance to struggling writers. Some of my favorites are:


v  “In a writer there must always be two people – the writer and the critic.”  Leo Tolstoy


v  “Too many writers are trying to write with too shallow an education. Whether they go to college or not is immaterial…a good writer needs a sense of the history of literature to be successful as a writer.”  James Kisner


v  “I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.”  Mark Twain


v  “Words have weight, sound and appearance; it is only by considering these that you can write a sentence that is good to look at and good to listen to.”  Somerset Maugham


v  “A writer lives, at least, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world, lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. To transmit that feeling, he writes.”  William Sansom


v  “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


v  “Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.”  Jules Renard


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