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The Most Insufferable Quotes About Writers and Writing  

Jen Lennon
185 votes 119 voters 15 items

List Rules Vote up the most insufferable quotes about writers and writing.

E.B. White once said, “No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.” If only the writers on here had heeded that advice. This list is full of the worst quotes about writing from the most pretentious writers.
 

The writers on this list give some pretty bad writing advice. There’s ageism, sexism, and so much self-importance. So vote up the most eye-rolling, insufferable quotes on writing, and then channel that anger into some damn good writing of your own. Hey, whatever you write, it’s definitely going to be better than the quotes on this list. Even if it’s just a string of expletives.

Unequal to Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Insufferable Quotes About Writers and Writing
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Unequal to Me

“I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me.” – V.S. Naipul

If by “unequal to me” you mean “better than all of my writing combined,” then yeah. It is unequal to you.

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My Own Writing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Insufferable Quotes About Writers and Writing
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My Own Writing

"At this point in my life, I'm mostly influenced by my own past writing ... Direct influence makes most sense only for very young writers." – Jonathan Franzen

A good way to encourage people to read your work is to sell them your ignorance as wisdom.

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Just Like Shooting a Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Insufferable Quotes About Writers and Writing
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Just Like Shooting a Child

“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.” – Truman Capote

No. No it isn’t.

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People in California is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Insufferable Quotes About Writers and Writing
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People in California

“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” – Terry Pratchett

Maybe there’s no such thing as writer’s block, but there’s definitely such a thing as depression and self-doubt. Compassion is also a thing, in case you were wondering.

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