7 Must-Read Quotes About Writing

I love quotes, especially ones about writing. They inspire me, invigorate me and, sometimes, put writing in perspective for me. Recently we posted The 90 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors, filled with quotes from Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Nora Roberts, John Updike and more. All are amazing and worth a look. If you don’t have too much time to spare today, though, have no fear–I weeded through and pulled out the 7 best quotes that you should absolutely read. Here they are.



“Oftentimes an originator of new language forms is called ‘pretentious’ by jealous talents. But it ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac


“[The writer] has to be the kind of man who turns the world upside down and says, lookit, it looks different, doesn’t it?”
—Morris West


“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


“The only obligation any artist can have is to himself. His work means nothing, otherwise. It has no meaning.”
—Truman Capote


“In truth, I never consider the audience for whom I’m writing. I just write what I want to write.”
—J.K. Rowling


“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King


“I think I succeeded as a writer because I did not come out of an English department. I used to write in the chemistry department. And I wrote some good stuff. If I had been in the English department, the prof would have looked at my short stories, congratulated me on my talent, and then showed me how Joyce or Hemingway handled the same elements of the short story. The prof would have placed me in competition with the greatest writers of all time, and that would have ended my writing career.”
—Kurt Vonnegut

If you have some free time, I recommend checking out the full list of 90 quotes. They definitely will inspire you—and they also serve as excellent Facebook status updates.

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