Do You Aspire To Write? 25 Aphorisms That You Should Remember


If "writing" is an inseparable part of your life, and you're committed to it with passion, these aphorisms serve you a lot.

1. "Writing comes more easily if you have something to say."

Sholem Asch

2. "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."


3. "If you’re stuck for something to write about, think of all those things your family just doesn’t talk about. Somewhere in there lurks at least one good script."

Joe Eszterhas

4. "The formula for originality is very simple—put together two things that were not together before."

Orhan Pamuk

5. "Every great story deserves a great ending."

Christopher Nolan

6. "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it."

Alfred Hitchcock

7. "There are many reasons why novelists write but they all have one thing in common a need to create an alternative world."

John Fowles

8. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

Benjamin Franklin

9. "Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out."

Paul Thomas Anderson

10. "Write it from your heart. Life is short; shorter than you think. Don’t do hack work."

Joe Eszterhas

11. "Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action."

Kurt Vonnegut

12. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

Herman Melville

13. "I write not to hear the sounds around and inside me, to evade my unrest."

Franz Kafka

14. "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

A. Saint-Exupery

15. "I love my rejection slips, they show me I try."

Sylvia Plath

16. "The first draft of anything is shit."


17. "I've never made a movie that I wrote script at least for twenty times."

Evan Oppenheimer

18. "Never talk about what you're going to do until after you've written it."

Mario Puzo

19. "Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story."

F.Scott Fitzgerald

20. "Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe."

Neil Gaiman

21. "We write because we think that someone will read us. The wrongest way to become an artist is to wait for applause."

Junot Diaz

22. "Even if the hero ventures forth a miraculous task, the author should explain this in such a persuasive way that it should appear possible and logical."

Mark Twain

23. "Be brave enough to write everything you dream of."

May Sarton

24. "What is the best early training for a writer? An unhappy childhood."


25. "Find a room with a beautiful view and start working turning your back to the view."

Neil Simon

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