Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain

Don’t get it right, just get it written. – James Thurber

The first draft of everything is shit. – Ernest Hemingway

You fail only if you stop writing. – Ray Bradbury

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. – Anais Nin

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. – Francis Bacon

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

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. – Graham Greene

Love is easy, and I love writing.  You can’t resist love.  You get an idea, someone says something, and you’re in love. – Ray Bradbury

In writing and politicking, it’s best not to think about it, just do it. – Gore Vidal

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance. – Alexander Pope

I look for ambiguity when I’m writing because life is ambiguous. – Keith Richards

The real joy is in constructing a sentence.  But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready. – Steve Martin

I just love writing.  It’s magical, it’s somewhere else to go, it’s somewhere much more dreadful, somewhere much more exciting.  Somewhere I feel I belong, possibly more than in the so-called real world.   – Tanith Lee

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians.  When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. – Winston Churchill

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. – Robert A. Heinlein

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. – Tennessee Williams

Writing is like prostitution.  First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.  — Moliere

All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all.  I just keep it almost naked.  And probably the words are so bland. – Jimi Hendrix

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. – Jules Renard

I am a drinker with writing problems. – Brendan Behan

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