Best 245 of Creative writing quotes - MyQuotes
A good swordsman is more important than a good sword.
A professional who doesn't deliver as committed is not just lazy, he is a liar.
I strive for transparent words.
I write because the security of your love allows me to develop my craft without concerning myself with trivialities — as if your love could be any more complete. But I write, in the first place, because of you, my muse. I write for your green eyes to glance at my humble words and for the pleasure of hearing you utter them.
Before you worry about the beauty of your body, worry about the health of your body.
The difference between a fairly interesting writer and a fascinating writer is that the fascinating writer has a better nose for what genuinely excites him, he is hotter on the trail, he has a better instinct for what is truly alive in him. The worse writer may seem to be more sensible in many ways, but he is less sensible in this vital matter: he cannot distinguish what is full of life from what is only half full or empty of it. And so his writing is less alive, and as a writer he is less alive, and in writing, as in everything else, nothing matters but life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite.
See the world anew and write down the bones of it.
How many nights does it take to stop these wounds from bleeding?
Chang Rae Lee
Does any program really improve anybody, as much as simply identifying them? And, after identifying them, not ruining them?
Words are the residue that I was there, that I loved my wife, that I kissed my children goodnight, that I sacrificed my life for them. Words are a curse. Life is a curse. Words escape life. Life escapes words. What in God's name am I? How does someone name a God? What is it to name yourself?
Don’t break the rules when you haven’t fully figured them out yet.
Making a product is just an activity, making a profit on a product is the achievement.
... it is the purpose of this history to trace not the mere outlines of a life but the inner plan, not the external markings but the secret soul.
Don't always use prudence for precaution, sometimes use it for progress.
Fear of failure is fiction, face this fact and fear will fall.
An invention is a responsibility of the individual, society cannot invent, it can only applaud the invention and inventor.
Today it is cheaper to start a business than tomorrow.
Louise Dickinson Rich
If you have a simply swell story in mind, you can forget the rules. A swell story takes care of itself.
Without us, in other words, there can never be hope of a We.
Writing is something you Do and not discuss. Talk is cheap, wishes are free and a fool is included with every purchase. So spend your time wisely.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Walk with the Creator on the face of earth.
When your mind is in a dark place it is difficult not to think in shadows.
My spouse is my shield, my spouse is my strength.
Destroy your life; then put it back together.You'll get great material, meet some fascinating characters and – side benefit – the skills you develop will give you greater compassion, insight and range with the people you create on the page – or run into off of it.
Poetry is, after all, only nonsense and justifies what would be considered impudence if written in prose.
It is the sweat of the servants that make their squire look smart.
For few matters you need to be solo, for some matters you need soul mate and for many matters you need society,
No tricks, no tools, but talent makes a task truly top class.
A powerful process automatically takes care of progress, productivity and profits.
With discipline, you can lose weight, you can excel in work, you can win the war.
Dreams are good at playing with your memory. They love leaving no trace behind and hate to show up once again in the morning.
Mixing old wine with new wine is stupidity, but mixing old wisdom with new wisdom is maturity.
Action is the mother of creation.
Clichés are the viruses that infect your writing with diseases.
Seed becomes tree, son becomes stranger.
Create a character with an obsession, then follow.
Don't compare the size of your roof with the size of the sky.
Any girl with a grin never looks grim.
I find it helpful when I stop for the day to leave the last sentence unfinished or the last paragraph only lightly sketched out, so that when I start again I can pick up where I left off the day before.
It’s despicable of an author to kill his main personage solely for stirring imagination of indifferent or mean minds.
Creativity takes Imagination, Imagination takes Courage, Courage takes Curiosity, and Curiosity leads to Success.
Power does not pardon, power punishes.
He who sacrifices his respect for love basically burns his body to obtain the light.
W. Somerset Maugham
The best style is the style you don't notice.
In a democracy, there will be more complaints but less crisis, in a dictatorship more silence but much more suffering.
If you criticize what you’re doing too early you’ll never write the first line.” [Paris Review, interview with Jodi Daynard, The Art of Fiction No. 113, Winter II 1989]
Brilliance of the brain must be admired more than beauty of the body.
The first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you are getting away with something, and that at any moment now they will discover you. It's Imposter Syndrome, something my wife Amanda christened The Fraud Police. In my case, I was convinced that there would be a knock on the door, and a man with a clipboard (I don't know why he carried a clipboard, in my head, but he did) would be there, to tell me it was all over, and they had caught up with me, and now I would have to go and get a real job, one that didn't consist of making things up and writing them down, and reading books I wanted to read.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. As quoted in Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989)