Here are 20 quotes on writing from some of our favorite authors.
"I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book." - Roald Dahl, WD
"Beware of advice--even this." - Carl Sandburg
"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it." - Elmore Leonard
"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."
"There is only one plot--things are not what they seem." - Jim Thompson
“Funny + sad is what I'm pitching for, every time.” - Nick Hornby
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” Jack Kerouac
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes master." - Ernest Hemmingway
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” - Lloyd Alexander
“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” - Stephen King
“Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.” Daphne du Maurior
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” - E. L. Doctorow
“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” - Thomas Jefferson
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” - Henry David Thoreau
“Online review sites are the slushpiles of feedback.” - Kelley Harrell
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” - Ray Bradbury
“Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice.” Phil Cousineau
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” - Charles Dickens