Thursday Thirteen: Writing Quotes

  1. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. (Ben Franklin)

  2. 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)

  3. The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. (Edwin Schlossberg)

  4. The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. (Anaïs Nin)

  5. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. (Anton Chekhov)

  6. Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. (Orson Scott Card)

  7. The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. (Mark Twain)

  8. To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make. (Truman Capote)

  9. Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. (E.L. Doctorow)

  10. Writing is both mask and unveiling. (E.B. White)

  11. If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write. (Stephen King)

  12. Easy reading is damn hard writing. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

  13. A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote. (Mignon McLaughlin)

What’s your favorite writing quote?

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