The best way to become a better writer is to write and then to publish your writing, whether you publish it on a blog, in a book, or with a close friend. It’s only by practicing writing, and getting feedback on it, that you can improve.

29 Quotes that Explain How to Become a Better Writer

That being said, it never hurts to learn from those who have gone before you, and over the years, we’ve compiled a lot of excellent advice from the best writers on how to become a better writer.

1. Why You Became a Writer, According to Gloria Steinem

Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. Gloria Steinem

2. Why You Became a Writer, According to George Orwell

You write out of the desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, etc., etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive and a strong one. George Orwell

“[You write out of the] desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, etc., etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive and a strong one.” —George Orwell

3. Why You Became a Writer, According to Anaïs Nin

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. Anais Nin

4. That Doesn’t Mean Writing Is Easy

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: It's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins. Neil Gaiman

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” —Neil Gaiman

5. Start Writing Now

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. Louis L'Amour

6. And Write Quickly

Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Joshua Wolf Shenk

7. What To Write About

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. Natalie Goldberg

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” —Natalie Goldberg

8. Be Willing to Write Badly

Be willing to write really badly. Jennifer Egan

9. Don’t Doubt Yourself

The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt. Sylvia Plath

10. All Great Writers Are a Little Crazy

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis. William Styron

“The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis.” —William Styron

11. The Only Way to Fail As a Writer…

You fail only if you stop writing. Ray Bradbury

12. Just Write One True Sentence

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Writer the truest sentence that you know. Ernest Hemingway

13. Just Write Something Simple

One day I will find the write words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac

14. Your Big Ideas are Worthless

Ideas are cheap. It's the Execution that is all important. George R.R. Martin

15. Really Worthless

It doesn't matter how many book ideas you have if you can't finish writing your book. Joe Bunting

(I don’t consider myself the equal of George R.R. Martin, Ernest Hemingway, or Sylvia Plath… yet… but this quote seemed important to include.)

16. Don’t Let Anything Interfere With Your Writing

Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don't let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won't matter to you that the kitchen is a mess. Esther Freud

“Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.” —Esther Freud

17. Keep At It

I believe myself that a good writer doesn't really need to be told anything except to keep at it. Chinua Achebe

“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.” —Chinua Achebe

18. Write Even When the World is Chaotic

Write even when the world is chaotic. Cory Doctorow

19. The Mark of a Master Writer

The mark of a master is to select only a few moments but to give us a lifetime. Robert McKee

“The mark of a master is to select only a few moments but to give us a lifetime.” —Robert McKee

20. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. Robert Frost

21. Stay Drunk on Writing

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury

22. Writing is like kissing

I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss—you can't do it alone. John Cheever

23. Don’t Make a Chore for Your Readers

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads. Dr. Seuss

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” —Dr. Seuss

24. Show, Don’t Tell

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov

25. How to Develop Your Own Style

It is only be writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style. PD James

26. Writing is More Difficult for Us

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann

27. No One Knows the Rules

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. Somerset Maugham

28. The best way to become a writer

The best way to be a writer is to be a writer. Augusten Burroghs

29. Finally, Always Listen to Ben Franklin

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

Which quote is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

PRACTICE

Write something worth reading! Spend fifteen minutes free writing or working on a work in progress. As you write channel the advice from the great writers above.

When your time is up, post your practice in the comments section.

Happy writing!