“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”
Toni Morrison

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
E.L. Doctorow

“Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.”
John O’Hara

“Read a lot, finding out what kind of writing turns you on, in order to develop a criterion for your own writing. And then trust it—and yourself.”
Rosemary Daniell

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
Stephen King

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
Robert Frost

“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.” 
Ray Bradbury

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Mark Twain

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”
Maya Angelou

“Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.”
Groucho Marx

“A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.”
Ernest Hemingway

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.”
Albert Camus

“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.”
Aldous Huxley

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
John Adams

“If you wish to be a writer, write.”
Epictetus

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
Abraham Maslow

“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’”
Stephen King