Writing

«We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.»

Anaïs Nin


«Broken hearts, you can run, you can hide and perhaps the earth is big enough to believe you’re safe. So maybe for a moment you have escaped but hear me, hear me well. Love will find you and it will leave nothing behind.»

Robert M. Drake


«Everyone has a story inside them. Some are bedtimes stories, some thrill and others scare and horrify their readers. Find out what your story is and share it with the world.»

C.K. Webb


«Why Dream?»

SARK


«In my world," said Posy, "authors write stories, and the characters do whatever the author tells them. It's not like this--the characters don't have minds and lives of their own."»

Ashlee Willis


«You know your heart and soul are stapled to that manuscript, but what we see are the words on the paper»

Teresa Nielsen Haydense


«It's the witching hour once more-»

Belle Whittington


«My writing, it’s all I have. Well, aside from my health. And shelter, food, and clothing. Oh, and my cat.»

Jarod Kintz


«A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.»

Ring Lardner


«Better to work for yourself alone. You do as you like and follow your own ideas, you admire yourself and please yourself: isn’t that the main thing? And then the public is so stupid. Besides, who reads? And what do they read? And what do they admire?»

Gustave Flaubert


«You turn the lights on and off here and if you can’t sleep and want something to read there are books in the living room…” her voice broke off. “Wait. Can you read?”»

Shannon MacLeod


«It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is—an intense form of thought.»

Don DeLillo


«Reading and writing are in themselves subversive acts. What they subvert is the notion that things have to be the way they are, that you are alone, that no one has ever felt the way you have.»

Mark Vonnegut


«It's in my blood, as magic is in yours." His mouth is still smiling, but his tone is somber. "I couldn't stop writing even if I wanted to.»

Elora Bishop


«The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it. It happens to be a fact that nearly every writer of fiction in the world drinks more whisky than is good for him. He does it to give himself faith hope and courage. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul and that I am sure is why he does it.»

Roald Dahl


«How dare I presume to say: He is my friend, or even, more cautiously, I think I know him? At the very most we are like two strangers meeting in the white wintry veld and sitting down together for a while to smoke a pipe before proceeding on their separate ways. No more.»

André Brink


«That tingle in the brain is called a word.»

Kate Kearns


«All great stories began as shitty first drafts.»

M. Kirin


«Feed your creative mind.»

Angelica Hopes


«...I retreat into my fictional world where everything makes sense - but even there I can't even control what people do...»

John Geddes


«Why does one begin to write? Because she feels misunderstood, I guess. Because it never comes out clearly enough when she tries to speak. Because she wants to rephrase the world, to take it in and give it back again differently, so that everything is used and nothing is lost. Because it's something to do to pass the time until she is old enough to experience the things she writes about.»

Nicole Krauss


«If Pavlov tested his cat he would have failed.»

Patrick H.T. Doyle


«I write to taste life twice; to savour the flavour of sweet times gone by, or spit out the bitterness before it multiplies.»

Aisha Mirza


«Our creative dreams are subject to grudge-holding when we decide that other people somehow have made their dreams real and we have not.»

SARK


«Ideas, of course, have a place in fiction, and any writer of fiction needs a mind. But ideas are not the best»

Wallace Stegner


«The Nobel Prize is the best thing that can happen to a writer in terms of how it affects your contracts, the publishers, and the seriousness with which your work is taken. On the other hand, it does interfere with your private life, or it can if you let it, and it has zero effect on the writing.It doesn't help you write better and if you let it, it will intimidate you about future projects.»

Toni Morrison


«If my shadow were made of ink, I’d kill it and use it to write a dark novel. Possibly a story about fractional banking.
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Jarod Kintz


«Learn the rules before you break them.»

Steven Taylor Goldsberry


«That's typically what writers do; we just sit around complaining most of the time. And the better things are going, the more they complain.»

Markus Zusak


«My pen shall heal, not hurt.»

L.M. Montgomery