Best Writing Quotes

“Nouns are the bones that give a sentence body.
But verbs are the muscles that make it go.”     Mervin Block

“A manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.”     Oliver Hereford

“If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.” Barbara Greene

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”     Joseph Pulitzer

“Number one rule for fiction: Coincidence can be used to worsen a character’s predicament, but never to solve his problems.” Vivian Vande Velde

“Rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are.” Greg Daugherty

“I tend to basically exaggerate in life, and in writing, it’s fine to exaggerate. I really enjoy overstating for the purpose of getting a laugh. For another thing, writing is easier than digging ditches. Well, actually that’s an exaggeration. It isn’t.” Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)

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

“What I like in a good author isn’t what he says, but what he whispers.”     Logan Pearsall Smith

“A writer is like a bag lady going through life with a sack and a pointed stick collecting stuff.”  Tony Hillerman

“Good stories are not written. They are rewritten.” Phyllis Whitney

“My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you feel–it is above all, to make you see. That–and no more, and it is everything.” Joseph Conrad

“Spontaneous is what you get after the seventeenth draft.” John Ciardi

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