Favorite Quotes About Writing

I love collecting great quotes about writing. Here are ten I’ve culled from Zachary Petit‘s “72 of the Best Quotes About Writing” for Writers Digest

1. “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
Philip Roth

2. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Stephen King

3. “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
George Orwell

4. “Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.”
Hunter S. Thompson

5. “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”
Roald Dahl, WD

—Ernest Hemingway

7. “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
Virginia Woolf

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

9. “For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.”
Catherine Drinker Bowen

10. “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

And a bonus quote I love:

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard

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