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Best Writing Quotes - the rules of writing a novel“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

Madeleine L'Engle

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Stephen King

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

Mark Twain

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”

Lloyd Alexander

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

Jack Kerouac

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

Winston S. Churchill

best writing quotes - writing is like sex“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”

Virginia Woolf

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”

Isaac Asimov

 “The first draft of anything is shit.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

Flannery O'Connor

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”

Charles Baudelaire

“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”

Joss Whedon

“I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

Mark Twain


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