The Words

typeThought I would share some of my favorite writing quotes today. It is just as important to read a lot as it is to write–at least that’s what I keep reading.


When I was a child I would pretend to be two things: a warrior princess and a professional singer. I would beat up and choke my sister who also was willing to play warrior princess games in between our karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, and I would sing country music to the top of my lungs until scolded by my parents and my friends parents. I don’t know why I never thought of pretending to be a famous writer–probably because as a kid sitting down in front of a typewriter or keyboard was boring because it didn’t involve kicking things or singing at angry people.


I selected quotes from writers who would be interesting to my eight-year-old self.


  • “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
  • Virginia Woolf
  • “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
    Joss Whedon
  • “If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts.”
    Kurt Vonnegut
  • “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams
  • “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
  • “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
    Saul Bellow
  • “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
    Anaïs Nin
  • “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
    Neil Gaiman
  • “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
    Flannery O’Connor
  • “People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don’t like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”
    Joss Whedon
  • “Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit.”
    Chuck Palahniuk
  • “Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly — all these make for great stories.”
    Chuck Palahniuk
  • “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    Anton Chekhov
  • “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
    Charles Dickens
  • “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
  • Robert Frost
  • “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
    Stephen King






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