The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
– Robert Benchley
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
– James Michener
Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.
– Elie Wiesel
Turn off the TV and read a book.
It’s called thinking outside the box.
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.
– Graham Greene
Writing is like prostitution.
First you do it for love,
and then for a few close friends,
and then for money.
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.
– Lord Byron
(He and I actually.)
Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. To Why am I here? To uselessness. It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.
– Enid Bagnold
I have always believed that writing advertisements is the second most profitable form of writing. The first, of course, is ransom notes…
– Philip Dusenberry
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
– William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”