What are your favourite quotes about writing?

by Clare ADMIN
27th September 2021

To celebrate the upcoming release of Writers on Writing, we'd love to hear your favourite quotes about writing. Share them in the comments section of this post for your chance to win a W&A editing service!

The winner, chosen at random by the W&A Team on Friday 8th October, will win the chance to submit their questions directly to a literary agent via our Agony Agent - Mail editing service!

In the meantime, we're sharing some of our favourite quotes from the book below...

 

Dorothy Parker quote
"I hate writing, I love having written." Dorothy Parker
Maya Angelou quote
"Nothing will work unless you do." Maya Angelou
Matt Haig
"A first draft is the beginning of the end. But the end lasts for ever." Matt Haig
Zadie Smith
"Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would." Zadie Smith

 

Whether you're looking for or a reminder to keep going when the words won't come easily, Writers on Writing brings together words of wisdom and withering wit from famous, and infamous, writers across the ages!

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