Ten great quotes to inspire young writers – and make them laugh!

I love to use quotes in my writing class. Often they make us laugh, and a good giggle can break writer’s block any day! Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.

  1. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. Don’t use no double negatives. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
    – William Safire
  2. When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am a grown up they call me a writer.
    – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  3. If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.
    – Kingsley Amis
  4. Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
    – Gene Fowler
  5. If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. 
    – Doug Larson
  6. I get a lot of letters from people. They say: “I want to be a writer. What should I do?” I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it. 
    – Ruth Rendell
  7. A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it. – Mark Twain
  8. Write what you know.
    Mark Twain
  9. Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. Mark Twain


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