Inspiration for Writing by Writers

October 29, 2009

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.”

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