For Writers

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“With writing, the way you feel changes everything.” – Stephenie Meyer

“In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.” – Junot Diaz

“You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more.” – Michael Connelly (on Castle)

“I don’t wait for moods. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck

“If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.” – R. A. Salvatore

“If it’s fiction, then it better be true.” – Sherman Alexie

“You have to be a reader before you can be a writer.” – Y.S. Lee

“Writing is like making love. Don’t worry about the orgasm, just concentrate on the process.” – Isabelle Allende

“Just start the sentence…and see what happens. This is how we write.” – Jincy Willett

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you.” Mark Twain

“If you wish to be a writer; write!” Epictetus

“Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.” Norman Mailer

“Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure.” Joseph Joubert

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

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” Joseph Heller

“Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.” Nietzsche

“A writer is only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.” P.L. Travers

“The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.” Elia Kazan

“Even the best writer has to erase.” Spanish Proverbs

“Asking a writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp post how it feels about dogs.” Ann Landers

 

“A critic is a man who expects miracles.” James Gibbons Huneker

 

“Writing is like a sport. You only get better if you practice.” Rick Riordan

 

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Jodi Picoult

 

“Behind every novel is a greater story of how it came to be published.” T.L. Rese

 

“It’s a choice, writing is. One that belongs to you and me. We get to choose it (or not) every single day.” Jeff Goins

 

“Be nice to your children. They may grow up to be writers.” Katerina Stoykova Klemer

 

“You know you’re a writer when the words don’t stop!” Joyce Middleton

 

“For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.” Larry Wall

 

“Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where I don’t write at all.” Andre Dubus III

 

“Write the unpublishable…and then publish it.” Denis Johnson

Taken from Christian Simamora’s tweets

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