Writing Advice From Behemoths

As bloggers we are writers and I don’t know about you but I’ve been obsessed with writing for as long as I can remember. I haven’t always done it consistently on a daily basis, but I’ve always returned to it as a hobby and it has always presented as a large part of what I wanted in a career.

So reading about writing is also one of those geeky fun things I enjoy doing which of course will include quotes by famous people. Everyone loves to see what thoughtful philosophy they can find from people of the past, and while I do think it’s a bit like astrology where we take what we like and ignore what we don’t, it’s still great fun to see what you can learn from some of the giants.

I began looking at some recently and realised that they just had to be shared! Hope you enjoy!

Why? Because we love it!

“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” ~Paulo Coelho

“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.” ~J. K. Rowling

“If you’re actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you’ll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.” ~Emma Thompson

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” ~William Carlos Williams


“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.” ~John Updike,

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  ~E. L. Doctorow

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” ~Joyce Carol Oates,

What else?

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” ~Samuel Johnson

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” ~Larry L. King,

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” ~Ray Bradbury,

“I’ve been blogging since February of 2001. When I started blogging, it was a dinosaur blog. It was me and a handful of tyrannosaurs. We’d be writing blog entries like, ‘The tyrannosaurus is getting grumpy.’ ” ~Neil Gaiman

“I find that I have about six bloggable ideas a day. I also find that writing twice as long a post doesn’t increase communication, it usually decreases it. And finally, I found that people get antsy if there are unread posts in their queue.” ~Seth Godin

Always Keep Going!

“One of the big breakthroughs, I think for me, was reading Robert A. Heinlein’s four rules of writing, one of which was, ‘You must finish what you write.’ I never had any problem with the first one, ‘You must write’ – I was writing since I was a kid. But I never finished what writing.” ~George R. R. Martin

 On Criticism,

“An intellectual’s weapon is writing, but sometimes people react as if it were a firearm. A writer can do a lot to change the situation, but as far as I know, no dictatorship has fallen because of a sonnet.” ~Mario Benedetti

And Finally;

“Beware of advice—even this.” ~Carl Sandburg,

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