Skip to main content
Publish date:

12 Sylvia Plath Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 12 Sylvia Plath quotes for writers and about writing from the author of The Colossus and Other Poems, Ariel, and The Bell Jar. In these quotes, Plath covers poetry, love, Shakespeare, and more.

Here are 12 Sylvia Plath quotes for writers and about writing from the author of The Colossus and Other Poems, Ariel, and The Bell Jar. In these quotes, Plath covers poetry, love, Shakespeare, and more.

Sylvia Plath was best known as an American author of The Bell Jar, Ariel, and The Colossus and Other Poems. She was a member of the confessional poetry movement, which has often led to debate about how autobiographical her writings were, were not, and/or if it should matter in literary interpretation of the text.

(Life into fiction: turning a true event into compelling story.)

Plath married the poet Ted Hughes, and the two lived in the United States and England before separating in 1962. On February 11, 1963, she took her own life at the age of 30. Her posthumous collection, The Collected Poems, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1982.

Here are 12 Sylvia Plath quotes for writers and about writing.

12 Sylvia Plath quotes for writers and about writing

"At one point, I was absolutely wild for Auden."

Image placeholder title

"Daddy, I have had to kill you."

Image placeholder title

"I always like someone who can teach me something practical."

Image placeholder title

*****

Write Better Novels!

Image placeholder title

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and take your writing to new heights with this Advanced Novel Writing workshop meant for novelists who are looking for book editing and specific feedback on their work. When you take this online workshop, you won't have weekly reading assignments or lectures. Instead, you'll get to focus solely on completing your novel.

While it is possible to write a novel in a month, in this workshop you'll spend 15 weeks writing yours—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to finish writing your novel. You'll also learn specific tips for outlining and how not to write a novel. One thing is for certain though—by the end of this online workshop, you will have the tools and know-how to write a great novel.

Click to continue.

*****

"I may never be happy, but tonight I am content."

Image placeholder title

"I'm a rather political person."

Image placeholder title

"It's presumptuous to say that one is influenced by someone like Shakespeare. One reads Shakespeare."

Image placeholder title

(33 words coined by Shakespeare.)

"Love set you going like a fat gold watch."

Image placeholder title

"My first book The Colossus, I can't read any of the poems aloud now. I didn't write them to be read aloud."

Image placeholder title

(Readings that work for you and your listeners.)

"Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children."

Image placeholder title

"Poetry is a tyrannical discipline."

Image placeholder title

(100 poetic forms for poets.)

"Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to."

Image placeholder title

"I believe that one should be able to control and manipulate experiences, even the most terrifying, with an informed and intelligent mind."

Image placeholder title
From Script

TV Reboots, Utilizing Music to Create a Mood, and How to Grab Your Readers in Your First 10 Pages (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, interviews with "Yellowjackets" creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, showrunner Tracey Wigfield and EP Franco Bario of the "Saved by the Bell" reboot, highlights from WGFestival 2021, and so much more!

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a remix poem.

15 Promotional Ideas for Nonfiction Authors

15 Promotional Ideas for Nonfiction Authors

For the introverted writer, the process of promoting your book may seem to be a daunting, even frightening undertaking. Here, nonfiction author Rick Lauber lays out 15 promotional ideas for authors to get their books into as many hands as possible.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a Well Blank poem.

Black Friday Savings 2021

Take Advantage of Our Black Friday Deals This Weekend

At Writer's Digest, there's no need to get up early or push and shove at stores to get your Black Friday deals. In fact, we give you the whole weekend to take advantage of them. Check them out here.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Break

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Break

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, your character receives an unexpected break or benefit.

The Joys and Challenges of Writing About Food

The Joys and Challenges of Writing About Food

Food takes on a main role in Annabel Abbs' novel, Miss Eliza's English Kitchen, where research incorporated all the senses. Here, she discusses the joys and challenges of writing about food.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a thankful poem.

How To Turn an Idea Into a Chapter Book Series

How To Turn an Idea Into a Chapter Book Series

From finding the idea to writing the manuscript and sending it off to agents, author Christine Evans maps out how to turn an idea into a chapter book series.