Whenever the question, “What are you naturally good at?” is asked, nothing else comes to mind asides writing, it actually hurts in some way to possess just that as a skill, most times, I put my brain to work and just try to figure out something else I’m good at. Yeah yeah, there are some others but writing stands out, at least for me. Apart from the love for words, journals, pen,and always writing things down there’s this “fulfilling” feeling that comes with it for me, which makes it stand out.
Amusingly, I know and I’ve been told I’m kind of good at it but I’ve never really considered myself “a writer “. Why? Maybe I’ve always thought I must have written a book or various published and unpublished articles (well, I wrote every article on this blog) before I could be tagged a writer. Somewhat weird?
Moving on. Some days ago, I thought to myself, there are quotes by various people attached to almost every aspect of life, there should be for writing and writers too, I searched on google and wasn’t really surprised to have seen a lot of results (of course, its Google), despite the fact that I hadn’t seen or read anything related to such. I hope that doesn’t make me clueless. Lol. Well, I found a lot of them relatable (which makes being called “a writer” kinda true), interesting and inspiring and I’ve decided to share 25 of them! I initially thought of presenting the quotes in the order of the ones I find relatable, inspiring and interesting but most of them are in two categories, so I resorted to arranging them in no particular order.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write – Somerset Maugham
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words– Mark Twain
The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it– Alain Robbe-Grillet
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit– Richard Bach
Get your facts first, then you may distort them as you please– Mark Twain
The first draft of anything is shit– Ernest Hemmingway
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
It is perfectly okay to write garbage-as long as you edit brilliantly– C.J Cheryh
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent of writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous– Robert Benchley
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career of himself as a writer- Ray Bradbury
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen– Willa Cather
Words are a lens to focus one’s mind– Ayn Rand
People on the outside think there is something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in the back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it– Harlan Ellison
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer– Barbara Kingsolver
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary- it’s just the matter of arranging them into the right sentences– Somerset Maugham
Exercise the right muscles every day, even if it’s only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up– Jane Yolen
If the writing is honest, it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it– Tennesse Williams
Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite-getting something down– Julia Cameron
All writing comes by the grace of God– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings– Judy Collins
Writing is utter solitude; the descent into the cold abyss of oneself– Franz Kafka
If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word– Margaret Atwood
Writing works better at cleaning up the mess than doing laundry or making beds– Linda Gray Sexton
And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right– Ray Bradbury
Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet– Anonymous
I hope you had fun reading them, which is your favorite(s)? I have quite a number of favorites 🙂 but i find the last one really interesting.
P.S. You should read, 5 Challenges Most Young Writers Face, your comments are always welcome.