Top 10 quotes for writers

Idea copySometimes you sit down to write and nothing comes. Or, everything comes tumbling out in a raggedy mess. When I hit those speed bumps, I like to take a deep breath and get a little inspiration from people who know what I’m going through: other writers.

Here are my ten favourite quotes for writers, from writers.


We as writers must stop getting in our own way. We need to sit down and write every day. Work on short assignments – take it bird by bird. — Anne Lamott

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

Every writer I know has trouble writing. — Joseph Heller

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
—Mark Twain

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life. — Hunter S. Thompson

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. — Stephen King

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. — Anton Chekhov

I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning. — Peter De Vries

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. —W. Somerset Maugham

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.― Douglas Adams

What are your favourite quotes?

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