Inspiration for Writing by Writers


Hemingway in 1950

I’ve been collecting quotes on writing by other writers. Whenever I need to get the psyche pumped up for doing some writing, I read these over. Here’s some you might like.

“Writings such agony. So’s making love if you doing it wrong.” 

“Never correct or rewrite until it’s all down. Rewrite in progress is usually an excuse not to go on.”
John Steinbeck

“I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.”  James Michener

“If it sounds like writing I rewrite it.”  Elmore Leonard

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

Some final ones by one of my favorite writers, Ernest Hemingway.

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector.”

“Work everyday. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.”

4 Responses to Inspiration for Writing by Writers

  1. Elmore Leonard is brilliant. 🙂

    • stamperdad says:

      Yes Elmore writes so well, especially dialogue. Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the quotes.

      Google “Elmore Leonard 10 tips” to get more from him. The article from the NY Times has been reprinted many times on the net.

  2. stamperdad says:

    My problem is trying to kill many birds at one time. Too many ideas and not enough time. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Anne Lamonte: One bird at a time. (Bird by Bird)

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