Below is a collection of seven great quotes on writing. When I speak at elementary and middle schools, I tell students that a big part of writing is “rewriting.” As Ernest Hemingway himself said (and I’m editing out the expletive he used), “The first draft of everything is crummy.” The first step in the writing process is to get your story on paper with a begging, middle and end. But that’s just a start. After you have a first draft it’s time to begin the next phase, rewriting, which is every bit as challenging as writing the original draft, maybe even more so.
Another piece of advice I pass along students, especially those who are interested in one day becoming a writer, is that there are two things they need to do: 1) Read, read, read…and 2) Write, write, write! I mean, all the time! Myself, I am also constantly seeking advice from the greatest writers who ever lived. After all, is it possible to find a better mentor than Mark Twain or Harper Lee? I don’t think so.
I hope you enjoy these bits of wisdom from some of the great literary icons. And happy writing to all!
“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 almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. —Anton Chekhov
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. —William Faulkner
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. —Elmore Leonard
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
– Ray Bradbury