Creative Writing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old creative writing quotes, creative writing sayings, and creative writing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You don't write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich. A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.     

Nelson Algren

A creative writing class may be one of the last places you can go where your life still matters.     

Richard Hugo

All writing is communication; creative writing is communication through revelation-it is the self-escaping into the open.     

E. B. White

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.     

Louis L’Amour

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The formula for creative writing in high school or college is write what you know.     

Toni Morrison

There is no adequate definition for creative writing, any more than it is possible to describe pain or flavor or color.      

Fannie Hurst

Creative writing and shooting are muscles that atrophy. But when you work them, you become a self-generator who can branch out.     

Eli Roth

A piece of creative writing, like a day-dream, is a continuation of, and a substitute for, what was once the play of childhood.     

Sigmund Freud

Like the child, the creative writing student is posited as a centre of vulnerable creativity, needful of attention and authority.     

Rachel Cusk

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.     

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.     

Anne Lamott

Creative writing and literacy go hand and hand.     

Rita Dove

The secret of good writing is telling the truth.     

Gordon Lish