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20 Best Author Quotes About Writing

There are so many great authors who have shared words of wisdom about writing. I've compiled 20 of the best writing quotes by famous and influential authors:

“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” —Steve Almond, WD

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

“If the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.” —Wally Lamb

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

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson

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

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” —Doris Lessing

“Beware of advice—even this.” —Carl Sandburg, WD

“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, WD

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." --Benjamin Franklin

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. – Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced." --Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." --Franz Kafka

“Whether or not you write well, write bravely.”

--Bill Stout

“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” —Annie Dillard

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. – Mark Twain

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. – David Brin

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. – Orson Scott Card

Aften Brook Szymanski is the author of the YA Science Fiction novel Cheat Code. GenE competes in a high-stakes game where winning grants eternal life but losing means death. Click here to find out more about Cheat Code.


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