Who Has the Best Writing Quote?

The Thompson Writing Program has been conducting a Quote of the Week contest this semester. Weekly winners are eligible for a $25 gift card. There’s still time to enter your quote this week in the contest! Enter it at: https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_26alpx5Nf6PufoV.

To keep with the spirit of the TWP’s contest, we are dedicating this post to some of our favorite writing quotes, collected from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/writing. What’s your favorite writing quote? Please share in the comments.

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”― Ernest Hemingway

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”― Stephen King

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”― Mark Twain

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”― Toni Morrison

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”― Saul Bellow

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”― Robert Frost

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.

Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”― William Faulkner

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”― Stephen King, On Writing

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”― Stephen King

“The first draft of anything is shit.”― Ernest Hemingway

“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.”― Jessamyn West

“No one is asking, let alone demanding, that you write. The world is not waiting with bated breath for your article or book. Whether or not you get a single word on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the universe will expand. Writing is forever and always a choice – your choice.”― Beth Mende Conny


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