Below are writing quotes from famous writers, including many we might not recognize. I have 17 quotes matching up to the 17th letter in the alphabet-Q.
1. “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?”
― Cornelia Funke
2. “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”
― Junot Díaz
3. “Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.”
― A. Lee Martinez
4. “Yeah, I know what your English Professor tried to tell you. But if your English Professor could make a living writing fiction, they would have been doing it.”
― Dean Wesley Smith
5. “As a writer one is allowed to have conversations with oneself. What is considered sane in writers is made for the rest of the human race.”
― Alan Ayckbourn
6. “A writer is one who communicates ideas and emotions people want to communicate but aren’t quite sure how, or even if, they should communicate them.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
7. “No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can’t put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.”
― Erin Bow
8. “Write like you’ll live forever — fear is a bad editor.
Write like you’ll croak today — death is the best editor.
Fooling others is fun. Fooling yourself is a lethal mistake.
Pick one — fame or delight.
The archer knows the target. The poet knows the wastebasket.
Cunning and excess are your friends.
TV and liquor are your enemies.
Everything eternal happens in a spare room at 3 a.m.
You’re done when the crows sing.”
― Ron Dakron
9. “We all dream dreams of unity, of purity; we all dream that there’s an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. If it wasn’t for our longing for these things, I doubt the novel or the short story would exist in its current form. I’m not going to say much more on the topic. Just remember: In dictatorships, only one person is really allowed to speak. And when I write a book or a story, I too am the only one speaking, no matter how I hide behind my characters.”
― Junot Díaz
10. “Writers begin with a grain of sand, and then create a beach.”
― Robert Black
11. “Without the dreamers who write science fiction and other imaginary material we’d still be sitting in caves … if we weren’t already extinct.”
― William C. Samples
12. “We writers are resilient souls.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither
13. “Don’t let yourself be amazed by the imagination of a writer and his words, writers are almost all the time in a love-hate relationship with words.”
― Nema Al-Araby
14. “Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric.”
― Buffy Andrews
15. “That’s okay,” I said. “We’re writers. We make things up.”
― John Irving, In One Person
16. “Writers are engineers of human souls.”
17. “I propose that every person out of work be required to submit a book report before he or she gets his or her welfare check.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
I’d like to hear your favorite writing quote. Let me know when you have a chance.