Q is for Quotes and Questions #AtoZChallenge

Posted April 19, 2019 in A-Z Challenge / 2 Comments

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations.


I’ve read lots of books and articles about writing and particular quotations have resonated with me and inspired me. Here are some of my favourite writing related quotes:

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

― Maya Angelou

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 

― Ernest Hemingway

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 

― Toni Morrison

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 

― Stephen King

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 

― Mark Twain

“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

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury

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

Anton Chekhov

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

W. Somerset Maugham

“A word after a word after a word is power.” 

Margaret Atwood

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” 

Neil Gaiman

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. ”   

Carl Sagan


Do you have any questions for the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited? We are holding a live Q & A session on on Discord on Sat 11th May from 1:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm GMT. Join us to find out more about the anthology and the contributing authors and ask any burning questions you may have.

The Q & A will be held on Discord. Please follow the invite link:

If you can’t make the Q & A, feel free to ask your questions in the comments and we will answer them after the event.

Before you go…

What are your favourite quotes about writing? Do you have any questions for the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited?

Tags: , , ,


2 responses to “Q is for Quotes and Questions #AtoZChallenge

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.