10 timeless quotes about writing

27 05 2011

“I write to tell stories. I believe that there a some professions in the world that will last forever: doctor or a nurse, teacher, builder and a storyteller.”
— Eppu Nuotio


“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
— Thomas Jefferson


“Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.”
Matthew Arnold


“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones.”
Stephen King


“A writer doesn’t solve problems. He allows them to emerge.”
Friedrich Dürrenmatt


“Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.”
Rhys Alexander


“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
Edwin Schlossberg


“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


“The two most engaging powers of a writer are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.”
— Samuel Johnson


“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

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6 responses

27 05 2011

Brilliant quotes 😀

31 05 2011
Alex Mitchell

Glad you enjoy the quotes as much as I do, Classic. Lots of insight and inspiration in good quotes. Thanks for reading!

27 05 2011

Great quotes. 🙂

31 05 2011
Alex Mitchell

Thanks for the feedback! I of course can’t take credit for the words, but I certainly enjoyed assembling the list.

27 05 2011
C.B. Wentworth

Great quotes – Orson Scott Card and Mark Twain both offer excellent pieces of advice. 🙂

31 05 2011
Alex Mitchell

Thank you for the note, C.B. Card’s and Twain’s quotes are terrific. Glad you enjoyed them.

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