Writing Quotes

Writing is solitary work, and for the most part, I think we like it that way. But sometimes it’s nice to get a little refresher that you are not alone, and that writing is hard–and you’re not the only one who feels that way. Here are a few quotes from writers to help you commiserate, and perhaps to convince others that even if it doesn’t seem like hard work, it definitely is.

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” — George Orwell

“Writing is thinking. That’s why it’s so difficult.” — F.R. Katz

“If I’m trying to sleep, the ideas won’t stop. If I’m trying to write, there appears a barren nothingness.” — Carrie Latet

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

“I do not like to write – I like to have written.” — Gloria Steinem

“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” — Gene Fowler

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

“Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.” — James Normal Hall
[This is what I use to convince my parents that laying around listening to music is writing. :)]

The people who love us may never totally understand what being a writer is like. But sometimes showing them that others feel the same might convince them that we’re not total freaks… or at least get them to stop suggesting medication.


About J. Sevick

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