The beauty of writing is that it is an age old profession. Writing is as old as time itself. Writers have existed since before time, they were the ones who first discovered how to document things and left the road-map we in the modern day can follow to find out about civilizations of old.

Over the centuries and decades, writers and the kinds and genres of writing available has evolved, but there is still much that remains the same about the craft.

Writing can be a lonesome road traversed by many a tortured souls seeking a means of self expression. For those going the journey alone, here are a few quotes from writers young and old, living and dead that will keep you comforted in those lonely times and help you remember that though your road be tiresome, you were not the first to walk it and you will not be the last:

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence” – Alice Walker

“There are only two things to write about: life and death” – Edward Albee

“I write about love, yes, but not about tenderness” – Marguerite Duras

“Let the readers do some of the work themselves” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The more we are willing to separate from distraction, the more writing we will get on the page” – Ann Patchett

“Write a lot and hit the streets. A writer who doesn’t keep up with what’s out there ain’t gonna be out there” – Toni Cade Bambara

“Don’t rush or force the ending. All you have to know is the next scene or the next few scenes” – Chuck Palahniuk

“The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write” – Gabriel Fielding

“Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a writer” – Zadie Smith

“Give yourself time to get better” – Sue Grafton

“To write you have to have stories you want to tell, you have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard” – Tracy Kidder

“My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything” – Susan Sontag

“I know when it’s the best I can do. It may not be the best there is” – Maya Angelou

“A good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it” – Chinua Achebe

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot” – Stephen King


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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