Top 45 Good Writer Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Good Writer Quotes from famous people such as Leonard Shlain, John Rhys-Davies, James A. Michener, Neil Gaiman, Mohanlal, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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Surgeons are not technicians; they’re not mechanics. They’re artists. I see patterns where not many other people see patterns. …I think that’s what made me a good surgeon, and now, that’s what’s making me a good writer.
Leonard Shlain
The most despised sector of Hollywood are the writers. A good writer is quickly promoted to a ‘concept man’ – and then a producer – because he’s too valuable to simply be a writer.
John Rhys-Davies
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.
James A. Michener
A good writer should be able to write comedic work that made you laugh, and scary stuff that made you scared, and fantasy or science fiction that imbued you with a sense of wonder, and mainstream journalism that gave you clear and concise information in a way that you wanted it.
Neil Gaiman
Priyadarshan makes good films because he is a good writer.
The struggle to write with profundity of emotion and at the same time to live like a millionaire so exhausted F. Scott Fitzgerald that he was at last brought down to the point where he could no longer be both a good writer and a decent person.
Nelson Algren
It took me a while to affirm the fact that I’m actually a really good writer. I couldn’t even call myself a writer with a straight face because I didn’t take my gift seriously.
Luvvie Ajayi
Margot Livesey, my dear friend, reads all the drafts of what I write, and I read hers. We have an intense working relationship. I’ve been really lucky to know her. She’s a great reader and teacher as well as an astonishingly good writer.
Andrea Barrett
I thought I was a pretty good writer, but I didn’t have anything to write about. I wanted to go out in the world, have some adventures and then write about them.
Shane Smith
I wasn’t a very good writer before college. I don’t think I was a very good reader.
DeRay Mckesson
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
E. B. White
When it comes to writing characters, whether men or women, I think a good writer writes good characters. I know many men who, for years, have written strong, progressive women characters.
Zoya Akhtar
A good writer is always a people watcher.
Judy Blume
I’m not a good writer, and I don’t care. Unfortunately, after I left college, I didn’t have time much for literature. I wish I did. Most of the time I read documents, and that’s not going to help your writing. But I’m a very logical writer, and you can’t get out of me. Once I’ve nailed you, you’re finished.
Norman Finkelstein
I want to be an honest man and a good writer.
James Baldwin
What I always wanted to get seen as was as a good actor, when it was the acting I was doing. When I’m writing, I want to try to be seen as a good writer.
Alan Alda
I want to become a very good writer.
Kellie Martin
I think writing and reading are completely synergistic; not necessarily in that one has to be a good reader to be a good writer or vice versa, but that they so inform each other.
Emma Walton Hamilton
A whole bunch of agents and editors looked at my stories, and they all said, in effect, ‘You’re a pretty good writer and you should probably get these published; when you grow up and write a novel, get in touch.’
Bob Shacochis
Disney was not a good animator, he didn’t draw well at all, but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
Chuck Jones
You cannot teach creativity – how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.
Mario Vargas Llosa
When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly, then you’ve got a good writer.
Theodore Sturgeon
Why do I write? It’s not that I want people to think I am smart, or even that I am a good writer. I write because I want to end my loneliness.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Hemingway was a jerk. I mean he was really a great jerk. He was a good writer, and he did all sorts of things that I would never have the courage to do, but I don’t think I’d enjoy being in the same room with him. He’s not my kind of person.
Joe Haldeman
I grew up with another pretty darn good writer: Glenn Frey of the Eagles. We were very good friends, and we kind of studied it together.
Bob Seger
A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don’t mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it’s a big book, there has to be more than one undertow.
Marguerite Young
I’m not a good writer. It takes me a long time to get there. I write and then rewrite and revise and do it over and over until I’m satisfied.
M. J. Rose
I never wanted to be a celebrity writer. I wanted to be a good writer. I’m still trying to be a good writer. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.
Thomas McGuane
I felt like I was never going to be a great writer. I felt like I was going to be a good writer at best. I wanted to be great at something.
Gene Weingarten
I had a great AP U.S. History teacher in Pittsburgh. We still exchange Christmas cards. She was the first teacher who said I was a good writer – and I’d never heard that before. And so I remember that, and I remember that level of loving the material and really loving writing about it.
Nathaniel Philbrick
To make anything successful, you need a good writer.
Paresh Rawal
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a schola

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
I’m not a good photographer, not a good writer. I’m a pretty regular person whose insecurity is so pervasive that it makes me always feel vulnerable.
Sally Mann
Admiration from my readers inspire me, and the only ‘formula’ I believe in towards making a good writer is: ‘to thine own self be true!’
Ashwin Sanghi
My Girl Scout leader. She told me if I listened more and talked less, I could grow up to be a good writer. I thought that was interesting advice at age 12.
Judith Viorst
If you’re a good writer, you don’t have everybody shouting in every scene.
Graham Linehan
I don’t think I’m a particularly good writer, and I’m not terribly insightful.
I think I’m a good writer. I think I have my own voice, which is unique to everyone – everyone has their own voice; if they would just write from a vulnerable embarrassing place, it’s going to be universal, and it’s going to be entertaining. Because everyone is the same, and everyone is unique.
Nicole Holofcener
There’s a really nice moment in the life of a piece of writing where the writer starts to get a feeling of it outgrowing him – or he starts to see it having a life of its own that doesn’t have anything to do with his ego or his desire to ‘be a good writer.’
George Saunders
I feel like I’m a secondary artist, a kind of a conduit for the writer, and if it’s a good writer, then I have a great road map.
Mamie Gummer
I’m such a coward that unless I get a good writer, I don’t want to make a picture.
Howard Hawks
I believe writers need to be chameleons, or like Meryl Streep, who can play all sorts of characters. A good writer should be able to cross gender lines and people of all social classes. So for me, writing from a male point of view would be a great challenge, that I would look forward to taking on.
Marisha Pessl
Nowadays I’m not even sure if newspapers take into account whether a person is a good writer.
Bob Schieffer
A good writer takes time to go in-depth into a subject and then comes out with a good script. Then it’s the job of the actor and director to improvise with it and make it even better.
Johnny Lever
There is no motivation higher than being a good writer.
Tom Wolfe