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These Authors Share Their Widsom On Writing And The Creative Process



We all love to be creative and let our juices flow. Whether it’s an after-work passion project or a career change, some of us love writing – this writer included! We’ve collected some of the best quotations from your favorite writers who have described the creative process. It’s not easy, but nothing worth having ever is.

Lisa See

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”

Terry Pratchett

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”

Octavia E. Butler

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

Jodi Picoult

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

Louis L’Amour

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

Virginia Woolf

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

Sylvia Plath

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Anton Chekhov

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

Stephen King

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

Orson Scott

“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.”

Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Franz Kafka

“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.”

Wally Lamb

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

William Carlos Williams

I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”

Anne Frank

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Richard Bach

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

 R.L. Stine

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”

Chinua Achebe

“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”