Our Favourite Quotes About Writing

With NaNoWriMo in full gear, we figured now was a fantastic time to revisit some quotations about writing that inspire us and make us think! Here are our top 10 favourite quotes about writing.

For all you writers out there struggling to silence your inner critic: 

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“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett

For all you writers out there who aren’t afraid to get a little lost in your own worlds:

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“Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink tea with in the afternoon.” – Ann Patchett

For all you writers out there who are in the thick of the NaNoWriMo grind: 

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

For all you writers out there who are natural born storytellers: 

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“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.” – Neil Gaiman

For all you writers out there struggling with your word counts:

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“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King

For all you writers out there who daydream about your stories during your day jobs: 

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“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” – Margaret Laurence

For all you writers out there who know that children are much smarter than we give them credit for:

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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

For all you writers out there who know that words can change the world:

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“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

For all you writers out there who write to reflect: 

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“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion

 

And, finally, to all those writers out there who know the pain (but also the motivation) of rejection:

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“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” – Harper Lee

So, what’s your favourite quote about writing? Are you competing in NaNoWriMo this year? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Good luck, NaNo authors!

Jesse

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