I was looking through some quotes by writers for a project I'm working on, and some of the quotes were so good I thought I'd share them here.
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." ~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~ Anaïs Nin
"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~ E.L. Doctorow
"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison
"What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers." ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." ~William Wordsworth
"The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible." ~ Vladimir Nabakov
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton Chekhov
"Easy reading is damn hard writing." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." ~Mark Twain
"Proofread carefully to see if you any words out." ~Author Unknown
"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer." ~Karl Kraus
"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." ~Isaac Asimov
"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork." ~Peter De Vries
Maryann Miller is an author and freelance editor. Her latest books are One Small Victory and Play it Again, Sam. Visit her Web site for information about her books and her editing services. If you have a good book, she can help you make it better. When she is not working, Maryann loves to play "farmer" on her little ranch in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas.