Writing Tips Quotes

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Woody Allen
“Maugham then offers the greatest advice anyone could give to a young author: "At the end of an interrogation sentence, place a question mark. You'd be surprised how effective it can be.”
Woody Allen

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I used to be afraid about what people might say or think after reading what I had written. I am not afraid anymore, because when I write, I am not trying to prove anything to anyone, I am just expressing myself and my opinions. It’s ok if my opinions are different from those of the reader, each of us can have his own opinions. So writing is like talking, if you are afraid of writing, you may end up being afraid of talking”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Tom Robbins
“Rules such as "Write what you know," and "Show, don't tell," while doubtlessly grounded in good sense, can be ignored with impunity by any novelist nimble enough to get away with it. There is, in fact, only one rule in writing fiction: Whatever works, works.”
Tom Robbins

Vincent H. O'Neil
“Actors are all about entrances, but writers are all about exits.”
Vincent H. O'Neil, Death Troupe

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“The power of a writer is that he is a god of sorts. He can create his own worlds and populate them with his own people, all by the powers of his imagination. It's the closest a man can come close to the gods. No wonder the most successful writers are considered immortals”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

A.B. Guthrie Jr.
“Nouns and verbs are the guts of the language. Beware of covering up with adjectives and adverbs.”
A.B. Guthrie Jr.

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Many writers write because they’ve been there, seen that, did it and burnt their fingers”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“A writer reports on the universe. When he presents his credentials, the gates of heaven and hell are equally opened to him. He can hear the devil’s defense and god’s accusations. The guards at the king’s heart let him in. The writer can be anything and any one he wants. When he writes he is a god, he creates.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Vincent H. O'Neil
“That's what I love most about writers--they're such lousy actors.”
Vincent H. O'Neil, Death Troupe

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Don't believe in everything that is written. Not everything that is written is true”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“One author said "I write because I want to live a footprint in the sands of history.” It's hard to live a footprint in the sands of history when giants are passing through the same sands unless you are one of the giants”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“If I can write, who possibly can’t. Even drawing a line in the sand is writing”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Stewart Stafford
“W. Somerset Maugham once said there were three rules for writing a novel and that no one knew what they were. I do:

1. Write
2. Rewrite
3. Two writes don't make a wrong!”
Stewart Stafford

Karl Wiggins
“A real piece of writing is one in which the writer has tried to enrich not only the book, but also his understanding of the words. The words themselves have to be open to new ideas and suggestions, and the writer himself must have the audacity to attempt new things and to risk failure.”
Karl Wiggins, Wrong Planet - Searching for your Tribe

Stalina Goodwin
“Never doubt the genius in your ideas. As soon as a dope thought comes to you, WRITE IT DOWN! Pick up your pen and bring your stroke of genius to life.”
Stalina Goodwin, The Stroke of Genius Writing Journal

Stephen King
“Chiariamo subito un punto, d’accordo? Non esistono un Magazzino delle Idee, un Supermercato delle Storie o un’Isola dei Bestseller Sepolti. Le buone trovate nascono quasi letteralmente dal nulla, piovendovi in testa da un cielo all’apparenza limpido: due pensieri in precedenza disgiunti si uniscono, creando qualcosa di nuovo sotto il sole. Il vostro compito non è mettervi a caccia di certe illuminazioni, ma saperle riconoscere quando si presentano.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King
“Siamo scrittori e non ci chiediamo mai a vicenda da dove vengano le nostre idee: sappiamo di non saperlo.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Yousef Alqamoussi
“I used to think that writing is written to be read; it isn't. Writing is written to be written.”
Yousef Alqamoussi, poems

David   Jeremiah
“Look at writing, like riding a bicycle for the first time. In the beginning, you will make plenty of mistakes, get your knee discoloured, and your skin chopped a few times. Perhaps a dozen times, and it is nothing strange. The fact is you are a newcomer. The relationship between the crank, pedal, handlebar, brake lever, and everything else that goes into riding a bicycle, you do not understand yet. Still, that does not mean you cannot ride one. With a little more practice and grit, you will gain mastery in riding a bicycle. The same process goes with any human activity – singing, cooking, plumbing, etc.”
David Jeremiah, Unpublished: Top 18 Tips to Take You from An Idea to Becoming A Self-Published Author

E.B. White
“The use of language begins with imitation. The infant imitates the sounds made by its
parents; the child imitates first the spoken language, then the stuff of books. The imitative life continues long after the writer is secure in the language, for it is almost impossible to avoid imitating what one admires. Never imitate consciously, but do not worry about being an imitator; take pains instead to admire what is good. Then when you write in a way that comes naturally, you will echo the halloos that bear repeating.”
E. B. White

Neel Rana
“Some people judge a book by its cover and everyone judge a story by its title”
Neel Rana

Neil Gaiman
“I remember when it was all done in first draft telling Gene Wolfe, who is the wisest writer I know, that I thought I had now learned how to write a novel. Gene looked at me, and smiled kindly. "You never learn how to write a novel," he told me. "You only learn to write the novel you're on.”
Neil Gaiman

“Mother Nature is a great writing teacher; she never misses a chance to make you smell the flowers and then takes them away. There, she says, “now produce a rose.”
Nanette L Avery

“Writing is hard enough. Writing can be doubly hard when one tries to write to some unseen, unknown crowd of folks in Peoria or any other spot on the planet.”
Robert Benson, Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life

Mitta Xinindlu
“Let's continue with the work: that is, writing to heal millions of people.”
Mitta Xinindlu

Nanette L. Avery
“Use exclamation points sparingly, you don’t want to give someone a heart attack!”
Nanette L. Avery

“Keep writing and allow your inner angels to guide you. There is nothing wrong with art for art sake.”
Nanette L Avery

Mitta Xinindlu
“Writing would be dull if we didn't incorporate our life experiences.”
Mitta Xinindlu

Mitta Xinindlu
“I believe that to be an efficient writer, one must be able to write in more than one language. I know over seven languages. It's fun.”
Mitta Xinindlu

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