My Eleven Favorite Quotes on Writing

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I think every writer has a favorite quote about writing. I have eleven. An odd number, I know, but I just couldn’t stop at ten. This week I want to share them with you:

11. “The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” Agatha Christie

10. “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann

9. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” Saul Bellow

8. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

7. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” Joseph Heller

6. “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing anything else.” Gloria Steinem

5. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov 

4.” Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E.L. Doctorow

3. “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” Harper Lee

2. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham

1. (Okay, so this one isn’t necessarily about writing, but it applies and I love it) “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Do you have a favorite quote? It doesn’t have to be about writing. I’d love to hear it.

Until next week,


P.S. The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor is released in just two weeks, so I’ll be posting more often as I have guest blogs going live. I hope you’ll take some time to visit! The first one is here: