Quotes on Writing: Do These Famous Authors Really Know What They’re Talking About?

Most writers have a bestselling author they admire, such as Shakespeare, Stephen King or E.L. James. (Hey, we don’t judge here.) We think it’s great to have someone’s success motivate you to be a better writer yourself. Quotes are a great way to stay focused during rough patches of your career. And, with Pinterest, those famous quotes are everywhere these days. We all have famous mentors that we look up to, but do these authors really know what the heck they’re talking about?

Here we breakdown a few quotes from famous authors. Tell us what you think:

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King, On Writing

I personally love the feeling of a fresh document waiting for me to begin typing out a story; it’s the moments I get stuck that are scariest to me. What do you think?

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway

I think it’s crucial for first-time authors to hear the struggles other writers faced as they were building a career. What do you think?

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L. Doctorow

I cannot fathom writing the first chapter unless I have an outline. Sure, the story sometimes changes as the chapters evolve, but starting out completely blind isn’t something I can do. What do you think?

Maybe it’s just a matter of what you’re writing or how you’re feeling in order for a certain quote to hit home one day and sound ridiculous the next. Whatever the case, we encourage you to keep writing, but try to take these quotes with a grain of salt and figure out what works best for you! Check out the Booktango Pinterest boards for a bit more inspiration.

3 thoughts on “Quotes on Writing: Do These Famous Authors Really Know What They’re Talking About?

  1. There has to be a purpose and a message for me to begin an outline. I might have been a fable writer if I had lived in that time.

    It is important to me for readers to take something away after they read the book.

  2. I love the Hemingway quote. I think writers need to have a strong attitude about themselves and their abilities so that the learning process continues and they continue to write.

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