Whether you are writing website copy, brochure copy, or your next blog post, congratulations, you’ve made the leap. The web necessitated it, and you became a writer.

In order to stand out from the vast amount of competition out there, you need to make your writing interesting. You need to tell a good story.

A blank computer screen, or a blank piece of paper can be intimidating. Here are a few writing quotes I picked up that were scattered around the Internet. Maybe they’ll help:

  • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” –Benjamin Franklin
  • “You fail only if you stop writing.” –Ray Bradbury
  • “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write. Simple as that.” –Stephen King
  • “How vain it is to sit down and write if you have not stood up to live.” –Henry David Thoreau
  • “All you do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” –Ernest Hemingway
  • “Cut all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” –F. Scott. Fitzgerald
  • “Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.” –Jules Renard
  • “The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” –Thomas Jefferson
  • “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in my mouth.” –Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” –Ray Bradbury

Matt Brennan is a Chicago-area marketing writer and copy editor. He is also the author of Write Right-Sell Now.

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