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15 Quotes About Writing from Famous Authors

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, an avid reader, or none of the above you can’t help but admit the power and influence the written word has on us all. Writing can be cathartic, informative, distracting, devastating, connecting, and everything in-between.

 

I love writing and words and all the ways in which they can effect our lives so much (seriously) that I’m at a complete and total loss for them right now. 

 

So, I’m just going to let these fifteen quotes from famous authors do the rest of the talking.

 

 

“If I waited for perfection…I would never write a word.” —Margaret Atwood

 

 


 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou

 


 

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” —Joan Didion

 


 

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”—Virginia Woolf

 


 

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” —Enid Bagnold

 

 


 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anaïs Nin

 


 

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  —Sylvia Plath

 


 

“When I’m writing I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.” —Anne Sexton

 


 

“I am writing all this down in blue ink, so as to remember that all words, not just some, are written in water.” —Maggie Nelson

 


 

“In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today.” —Franz Kafka

 


 

“A person who writes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.” —Edna St. Vincent Millay

 


 

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” —William Faulkner

 


 

Who am I? I’m just a writer. I write things down. I walk through your dreams and invent the future. Sure, I sink the boat of love, but that comes later. And yes, I swallow glass, but that comes later.” —Richard Siken

 


 

“Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say, and did.” —Sarah Kay

 


 

“The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.” —Augusten Burroughs

 

 

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7 Quotes from Modern Poets For When You’ve Got the Sads

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of writing in existence. It has been the go-to for both writers and avid-readers in need of a way to express themselves, clear their heads, and share thoughts that can’t always be easy to share since the beginning of time, and, with such a rise in modern poets hitting the big time and making waves in the press, it’s right now as popular and relevant as ever. Yay, poets! Yay, poems! Yay, poetry!

 

Here are seven of my favorite quotes from modern poets for the days when you’re feeling down and need a little help getting back on your feet:

 

 

“We are more than the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. All of us need to stop apologizing, for having been to hell and come back breathing.”

—Clementine von RadicsBroken (buy Dream Girl now)

 


 

“let me say right now for the record,

I’m still gonna be here

asking this world to dance,

even if it keeps stepping on my holy feet.

You, you stay here with me, okay?

You stay here with me”

—Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase (buy HEY GALAXY now)

 


 

“I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.”

—Nayyirah Waheed, salt. (buy salt. now)

 


 

“When I meet you, in that moment, I’m no longer a part of your future. I start quickly becoming part of your past. But in that instant, I get to share your present. And you, you get to share mine. And that is the greatest present of all. 

—Sarah Kay, Hiroshima (buy All Our Wild Wonder now)

 


 

“time never stops, but does it end? and how many lives

before take-off, before we find outselves

beyond ourselves, all glam-glow, all twinkle and gold?”

—Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars (buy Wade in the Water: Poems now)

 


 

“You will come away bruised.

You will come away bruised

but this will give you poetry.”

—Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone (buy The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir now)

 


 

“And I say:

“Okay, so maybe I don’t fear the sky

Maybe I fear the alone my body will feel when the sky decides to let me go”

And she takes her hand off my chest,

holds it up against the window, pushes it real deep

And she says:

“Look at this. Look at this, child.

From up here, everything pure and white

Is magnificent and unbreakable and holy

From up here, we all have such amazing bones”

—Hanif Abdurraqib, Dig those sunsets, pony (buy They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us now)

 

 

                                     

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