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Funny Jokes, Quips, and Quotes About Writers and Writing

Smile, Laugh...and then, get back to work!

Smile, Laugh...and then, get back to work!

Write with a smile

Sometimes, we as writers, go so focused that we forget to stop and laugh. Here is a simple collection of jokes and quotes about "us" that may be just the break we need. Writing with a smile keeps the words flowing. The quotes, as humorus as they may be, also have a certain amount of truth and give us a reminder of why we do what we do. If you know a writer, share a slice of funny with them. Hope you enjoy!

Learn to write. Never mind the damn statistics. If you like statistics, become a CPA.

- Jim Murray

Writers' Heaven or Hell

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

"Oh my," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

"Wait a minute," said the writer. "This is just as bad as hell!"

"Oh no, it's not," replied an unseen voice. "Here, your work gets published."

I wrote a few children's books. Not on purpose.

- Steven Wright

Rich Writers

A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.

"It's a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway," he said.
"Actually," said his guide, "it's named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation."
The visitor was astonished. "Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?"
"Yes, indeed," said his guide. "He wrote a check."

The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he’s given the freedom to starve anywhere.

- S.J. Perelman

2 Rights = Wrong

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."

A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.

- Christopher Hampton


Writing Success

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.

If Moses were alive today he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published.

- Anonymous


A writer comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.

“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is–”

“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”

I can’t understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.—Fred Allen

We can't all be comedy writers...but sure am glad some are!

We can't all be comedy writers...but sure am glad some are!

One wish

A writer is walking along the shore, and finds a bottle. When he opens it, a genie appears and thanks the guy for letting him out. The genie announces, "For your kindness, I will grant you one wish, but only one!"

The writer thinks for a minute and says, "I've always wanted to visit Hawaii, but I'm afraid of flying and I get seasick on boats. So I wish for a road to be built from here to Hawaii."

The genie reflects on this for awhile and finally says, "I don't believe I can do it. Consider all the work involved... the pilings needed to hold up the highway would have to be incredibly long, just to reach the bottom of the ocean. Think of the massive amounts of material that would require! No, it's way too much to ask."

The writer ponders again, and says, "Well, I've always wanted to understand women, too - I wish for you to explain them." Without hesitation, the genie replies, "So, do you want two lanes or four?"

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

- Mary Heaton Vorse

Foul language

A screenwriter receives a parrot for his birthday. The bird is fully grown, with a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every other word out of his beak is an expletive. The writer tries hard to change the parrot's behavior: he says polite words, plays soft music, anything he can think up, to set a good example. Nothing works.

He yells at the bird, and the bird yells back. He shakes the bird, but the bird just becomes more angry and rude. Finally, in a moment of desperation, he puts the parrot in the freezer. For a few moments, he hears the bird squawk, swear, and scream. Suddenly, there's a deathly quiet. The guy's frightened, thinking he might have injured the bird, so he quickly opens the freezer door. The parrot calmly steps out onto the writer's extended arm, and says, "I believe I've offended you with my rude language and behavior. I will endeavor at once to correct this problem. I am truly sorry, and beg your forgiveness."

The writer is astonished at the bird's dramatic change in attitude, but before he can say anything, the parrot continues, "Might I ask what the chicken did?"

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

- Robert Benchley


Did you hear about the writer who jumped out the window on the 15th floor? He could have gone to the 16th, but that's another story.

I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.

- A. J. Liebling

Minimum wage

Three guys are sitting at a bar...
#1: “…Yeah, I make $75,000 a year after taxes.”
#2: “What do you do for a living?”
#1: “I’m a stockbroker. How much do you make?
#2: “I should clear $60,000 this year.”
#1: “What do you do?”
#2: “I’m an architect.”
The third guy has been sitting there quietly, staring into his beer, when the others turn to him.
#2: “Hey, how much do you make per year?”
#3: “Gee… hmmm… I guess about $13,000.”
#1: “Oh yeah? What kind of stories do you write?”

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.

- Anonymous

Pen Name

On a serious note...sometimes we writers choose to use a pen name. Here are some for your consideration depending on the kind of article or topic you are writing:

Neither a Borrower ...............Nora Lender Bee
Holmes Does it Again ...........Scott Linyard
French Overpopulation...........Francis Crowded
Downpour! ............................Wayne Dwops
Cloning ..................................Ima Dubble
Inflammation, Please .............Arthur Itis
House Construction ...............Bill Jerome Home
Lewis Carroll ........................Alison Wonderland
Leo Tolstoy ..........................Warren Peace
The French Chef ...................Sue Flay
Why Cars Stop ......................M. T. Tank
No! ........................................Kurt Reply
Unemployed .........................Anita Job

Keep a private journal

Besides the normal business of writing, a writer needs a private journal to record their own trials, tribulations, and successes. This is not for the world, it is for you.

As a writer...


Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on May 23, 2020:

Thanks, Jim. I had to go back and re-read... Yes, I laughed again!

Jim Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 18, 2020:

I'm usually skeptical of titles that profess to be funny but this delivered. A great collection of stories and quotes. I laughed, I winced, I learned.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 31, 2019:

I was looking for something a bit different to read...your work has made me smile.

Thanks for sharing your talent.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on February 07, 2018:

Great hub, it made me laugh and s.mile. Thank you

Jeannette Napolitano on November 20, 2017:

Loved this,,,finally pursuing a dream of becoming a published copyrighted author of poetry. Now that's some good stuff seeing how I wanted off of disability,Matters of the Heart.Page publishing of New York city,by Jeannette Napolitano.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 06, 2015:

I love this! Great hub with so many funny quotes. Where on earth did you find them all?

Arthuritis is one I know; only because my daughter, since an early age, has referred to my partner's (Arthur's) aches, as Arthuritis!

Thanks for the smiles this evening.


Lana Adler from California on February 05, 2015:

Funny and true :) That Anonymous guy is a real wisecracker!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on February 04, 2015:

Blushing again!

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on February 04, 2015:

My friend...you have made a differnce in my writing life...so many people treasure your opinion...as do I...thanks....

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on February 04, 2015:

Thanks for the compliment Joel. You set out to do a funny hub and you succeeded very well. I set out to do an inspirational hub, all warm and fuzzy, and I hope that works out too.

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on February 04, 2015:

Hi Glenn. Nice surprise seeing you pop up. Yes, I wrote that one because I needed a little pick-me-up on a day that some of my graphic design work was becoming stressful. Also, check out one of Catherine Giordano's works: “How to Write: Quotes from Famous Writers on Writing”. She did an even better job and provided even more "to the heart" encouraging quotes. Thanks for the feedback!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 04, 2015:

I love how you intermixed the jokes with the quotes and made them relate to one another. Very well done! Even got a few chuckles out of me!

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on February 04, 2015:

Peach, your comments always bring a smile to my face (even when nobody is looking). Thanks for your comment...you rock.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:

i like the part when the man said wait wait, my agent called?, he was interested in who called, not the house nor what happen to fluffy. LOL

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on February 02, 2015:

Catherine...your article is well worth sharing and a great inspiration for writers at any level! (And thanks for the shout out!) Your approach and open mentorship is inspiring and is so much appreciated. I have found several well rounded authors like you here on HupPages and hope, with a little work, to follow suit. Thanks...You are a winner!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on February 02, 2015:

I took you up on your challenge and did my own Writing Quotes hub. It ended up taking a very different approach than yours so I don't feel like I stepped on your piece.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 30, 2015:

If you insist. I have been saving quotes as I come across them, Now I will start my research for quotes right here. Thanks.

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on January 30, 2015:

Oh no Catherine...you don't get off that easy...! Now, you must do it! Thanks...Joel

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 30, 2015:

Thanks for the laugh. I was going to do a hub on quotes about writing. it was on my list. Now I will have to scratch it. You did it too well and with jokes. Voted up and funny.

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on January 29, 2015:

Thanks, I shyed away from posting some others...just in case there were normal people reading...

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on January 29, 2015:

Hilarious! Thanks for brightening up my day!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 29, 2015:

Oh Joel, these were hilarious and I am still laughing. Only problem is most of these quotes and jokes ring so true..to me anyway. Voted up.

Joel Diffendarfer (author) from Jonesville on January 28, 2015:

Yes, Marilyn, the "ones" painfully true for me just made me shake my head...I think someday, doctors will call writing a mental illness...not an occupation! Thanks!

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on January 28, 2015:

Good afternoon, Joel; thank you for compiling these. Mixed responses - a nod of the head in agreement, smiled at the similarity, and laughed at more than one. Some were just too painfully true - got the Kleenex and read on. Good job. ~Marilyn

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