Writers on Writing

Here are a few quotes about writing by writers.

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” ~ Jack Kerouac

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” ~ Peter Handke

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” ~ Lawrence Block

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.” ~ Neil Gaiman

“Never use jargon words like re-conceptualize, emassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.” ~ David Ogilvy

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ~   Dorothy Parker

“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

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~  Jack London