15 Inspiring Quotes On Writing From The Greatest Writers In History

How do you get the words flowing?

It helps to hear how others before you did it.

One of the reasons I am such a big believer in the Ship 30 for 30 daily writing challenge is because, like all these writers, they preached the importance of good habits, consistency, and getting on with writing (instead of *thinking* about writing). I firmly believe it’s the act of writing that makes you a better writer, and nothing more.

Here’s what the pros have to say about it:

1. “Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.”

— Mark Twain

2. “Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”

— Stephen King

3. “Ideas are cheap. It’s the execution that is all important.”

— George R.R. Martin

4. “Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”

— Virginia Woolf

5. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

Robert Frost

6. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

— Anais Nin

7. “First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.”

— Ray Bradbury

8. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

— Ernest Hemingway

9. “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”

— Margaret Atwood

10. “One writes out of one thing only — one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist.”

— James Baldwin

11. “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”

— William Faulkner

12. “The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

— Maya Angelou

13. “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

— Kurt Vonnegut

14. “I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down.”

— J.K. Rowling

15. “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

—Dr. Seuss

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