Writing Quotes

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.

- Jonathan Swift

I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows.

- George R.R. Martin

Writing is like sausage making in my view; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it.

- George R.R. Martin

You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere.

- Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.

- Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Each word I write brings me closer to finding the right ones.

- Ally Condie, Matched

Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it.

- John Green

Writing is hard. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.

- Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

I know it's hard to write, darling. But it's harder not to. The only way you'll find out if you "have it in you" is to get to work and see if you do.

- Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.

- Khaled Hosseini

Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.

- David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

A writer needs four things to achieve greatness: desire, disappointment, and the sea. You have to do disappointment twice.

- Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Books are written by the alone for the alone.

- Donna Tartt