34 Best Funny Quotes About Writing For Budding Authors

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Feb 17, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
Writing penning his thoughts on rustic paper

Hilarious quotes about writing are an excellent way to cheer you up, especially those related to your journey in life.

While roaming around with your notebook, quick wisdom from fellow writers can work the flow of creative juices. Renowned writers and editors always have funny anecdotes and details about their trials and tribulations.

Being a writer is not only about scribbling on paper. A lot of thought goes into the process of creating great ideas on paper or in books that people will love.

It is a true talent! There is never a shortage of funny writer quotes to share with other people, and there is nothing better than sharing funny quotes with friends, so it's time to get reading!

If you find our cool writing quotes from authors like Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Adams, Kingsley Amis, and Stephen King interesting then do check out these [Mark Twain quotes] and Kurt Vonnegut quotes too!

The Best Quotes On Writing

Close up partial portrait of a female author at home writing in journal

Wise sayings from writers always work like a charm for any budding writer to discover their talent. A true writer can write anything, from books to a blog, and we should always say encouraging words to a good writer. Here are some cool, funny, inspirational quotes and funny writing quotes to inspire you.

1. “Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.”

‒ Don Marquis, ‘O Rare Don Marquis’.

2. “It is easy to write a check if you have enough money in the bank, and writing comes more easily if you have something to say.”

‒ Sholem Asch, ‘Speech Can Change Your Life'.

3. “Good authors, too, who once knew better words

Now only use four-letter words

Writing prose —

Anything goes.”

‒ Cole Porter.

4. “The profession of book-writing makes horse-racing seem like a solid, stable business.”

John Steinbeck.

5. “Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.”

‒ Iris Murdoch.

6. "Writing is often wasteful. If I counted the pages I've torn up, of how many volumes am I the author?"

‒ Colette, ‘The Evening Star’.

7. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”

‒ Isaac Asimov.

8. “The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”

‒  Agatha Christie.

9. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

‒ Douglas Adams, ‘The Salmon Of Doubt’.

10. “There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

‒ W. Somerset Maugham.

Funny Quotes On Writing

Have you been looking for funny quotes about being a writer? In this category, you will find funny quotes about writing essays, perfect to share with any good writers you know.

11. “A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”

‒ Edgar Allen Poe.

12. “A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.”

‒ Ernest Hemingway.

13. "If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing."

‒ Kingsley Amis.

14. “You don’t start out writing good stuff... That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

‒  Octavia E. Butler.

15. “A person who publishes a book appears willfully in the public eye with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.”

‒ Edna St Vincent Millay.

16. “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

‒ Gene Fowler.

17. “A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.”

‒ Baltasar Gracián.

18. “Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest is lighted in the mind.”

‒ Winston Churchill.

19. “I have thought that wild flowers might be the alphabet of angels, — whereby they write on hills and fields mysterious truths, which it is not given our fallen nature to understand.”

‒ Benjamin Franklin.

20. "I wish the first word I ever said was the word 'quote,' so right before I die I could say 'unquote.'"

‒ Steven Wright.

Cool Quotes About Writing By Well Known Writers

Your search for funny quotes about writing a book and funny motivational quotes will end here. If you are wondering what to write, or how to improve your writing, these quotes might help. Keep reading to read great quotes about writing that might even help you to write a book!

21. “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs...”

‒ Stephen King, ‘On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft’.  

22. "Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent."

‒ Neil Gaiman.

23. “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”

‒ Mary Heaton Vorse.

24. “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

‒ Jodi Picoult.

25. “Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.”

‒ George Bernard Shaw.

26. “I read anything that’s going to be interesting. But you don’t know what it is until you’ve read it. Somewhere in a book on the history of false teeth, there’ll be the making of a novel.”

‒ Terry Pratchett.

27. “Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.”

‒ Samuel Johnson, 'The Works Of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: With An Essay On His Life And Genius'.

28. “The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.”

‒ Robert Benchley.

29. “I wrote without much effort; for I was rich, and the rich are always respectable, whatever be their style of writing.”

‒ Jane Austen.

30. “By the time you have perfected any style of writing, you have always outgrown it.”

‒ George Orwell.

31. “A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.”

‒ Christopher Hampton.

32. “Everything is driven by characters wanting different things, and by those different things colliding. Every moment that one character wants something, and another character wants something mutually exclusive, and they collide—every time that happens, you have a story.”

‒ Neil Gaiman.

33. “Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.”

‒ John Berger.

34. “So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy... Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

‒ N.H. Kleinbaum, ‘Dead Poets Society’.

At Kidadl, we have created lots of family-friendly quotes for everyone! If you liked these funny quotes about writing, why not check out these Dorothy Parker quotes, or [typewriter quotes] too?

We Want Your Photos!
We Want Your Photos!

We Want Your Photos!

Do you have a photo you are happy to share that would improve this article?
Email your photos

More for You

See All

Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

Rajnandini Roychoudhury picture

Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

Read full bio >