Quotes for writers on writing

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott

“Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.” – Garrison Keillor

“You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’” – Jef Mallett

“Find your niche, and then go even more niche.” – Joe Pulizzi

“When I sit down to write, I don’t think about writing about an idea or a given message. I just try to write a story which is hard enough.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

“Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck

“Why waste a sentence saying nothing?” – Seth Godin

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” – Jane Yolen

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver


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