Quotes about writing-craft

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

Douglas Adams

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”

J.D. Salinger

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Ernest Hemingway

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

Madeleine L'Engle

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Stephen King

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

Virginia Woolf

“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

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

Anaïs Nin