Twelve Great Quotes by Ten Great Writers… On Writing

What makes writers so interested in what writers have to say about writing?

While looking for a quote to embellish my recent blog post on The Murders in the Rue Morgue, I came across this first quote below by Edgar Allen Poe. It was so true and so intriguing that I decided to scrounge around to find eleven siblings to accompany it. If you’re a writer I’m certain you will enjoy these.

How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!
— Edgar Allen Poe

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition. — Graham Greene

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction. — Graham Greene

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
— Edith Wharton

Fiction pays best of all and when it is of fair quality is more easily sold. A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration. — Jack London

Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it. — Jack London

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. — John Steinbeck

In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling its bloom. — Joseph Conrad

There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself. — Somerset Maugham

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” — Anton Chekhov

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” — Ray Bradbury

“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 Card

To my writer friends….write on!

To all the rest, make the most of your day… by reading.

An avid reader who writes about arts, culture, literature & other life obsessions. @ennyman3 Look for my books on Amazon

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