Peggy Bechko Shares 10 Great Writers’ Quotes


by Peggy Bechko

Some of my favorite writers quotes about writing that I simply must share with you! What better time than the beginning of a new year to take a break from writing and reflect a bit, both soberly and with some humor?

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Who can argue with that?

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”
—Roald Dahl, WD

I’m there!

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
—Stephen King

There’s a lesson there.

“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
—Gore Vidal

Ahhhhh, those voices in our heads!

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”
—Elmore Leonard

Another lesson learned.

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
—Doris Lessing

So true.

“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!”
—Fred East, WD

He’s giving the involve the reader advice – don’t just tell them what’s going on.

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
—Ray Bradbury, WD

Love the poetry of this one.

“There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.”
—Jim Thompson

Think about it, it’s true.

“Beware of advice—even this.”
—Carl Sandburg, WD

That about sums it up.

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This first appeared on the blog of TVWriter™ Contributing Editor Peggy Bechko. Learn more about her HERE. Peggy’s new comic series, Planet of the Eggs, written and illustrated with Charlene Brash-Sorensen is available on Kindle. Grab your copy of Book 2 now! And, while you’re at it, visit the Planet of the Eggs Facebook page