Creative Writing Tutorials

A list of famous inspirational quotes.


Ernest Hemingway[]

"The first draft of anything is shit."

“Never mistake motion for action.”

"I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit," Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. "I try to put the shit in the wastebasket."

"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 you know."

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer."

"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature."

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

Charles Bukowski[]

"A good writer knew when not to write."
~~ Women

"Did you write today?"
"A little."
"Was it good?"
"You never know until 18 days later."
~~ Women

"I've got to get back to the typewriter, I thought. Art takes discipline. Any asshole can chase a skirt."
~~ Women

"Even at my lowest times, I can feel the words bubbling inside of me, getting ready... And I had to get the words down or be overcome by something worse than death. Words not as precious things but as necessary things.
Yet when I begin to doubt my ability to work the word I simply read another writer and then I know that I have nothing to worry about. My contest is only with myself: to do it right, with power and force and delight and gamble."
~~ The Captain Is Out To Lunch

Kurt Vonnegut[]

"Practicing an art isn't a way to earn money... it's a way to make one's soul grow."

Franz Kafka[]

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

F. Scott Fitzgerald[]

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

John Fante[]

"Well, this is good for me, this is experience, I am here for a reason, these moments run into pages, the seamy side of life."
~~Ask The Dust