Writing

«Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.»

Kurt Vonnegut


«In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold;»

Alexander Pope


«I found I was repeating myself. It is the beginning of the end when you discover you have style.»

Dashiell Hammett


«One changes, as a writer, fairly quickly; what you wrote six months or a year ago might not sound right anymore.»

Keith Gessen


«When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time.»

Lady Gaga


«I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it's a bit like fucking — which is fun only for amateurs. Old whores don't do much giggling. Nothing is fun when you have to do it — over and over, again and again...»

Hunter S. Thompson


«Put the baby on the paper.»

Barbara O'Connor


«Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the poison in her pen and the villian in every one of her books.»

Shannon L. Alder


«The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell together, as quickly as possible.»

Mark Twain


«Dip your hands into life, scoop up memories, dreams, questions and ideas and weave them into stories.»

Naomi Kinsman


«One can fight money only with money! from my Tale Of The Rock Pieces.»

Ivan Stoikov


«...there were certain chapters when I stopped writing, saw the domestic situation I was in and thought, "I don't want to face this world, let's get back to the hellish one I'm imagining.»

Alasdair Gray


«The p'int of good writing is to know when to stop.»

L.M. Montgomery


«Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent--which attitude certainly has a great deal to support it. On the other hand, it is only because the world looks on his talent with such frightening indifference that the artist is compelled to make his talent important.»

James Baldwin


«Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.»

Marianne Moore


«Siobhan said that when you are writing a book you have to include some descriptions of things. I said that I could take photographs and put them in the book. But she said the idea of a book was to describe things using words so that people could read them and make a picture in their own head.»

Mark Haddon


«Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we'll never meet.»

Simon Van Booy


«Everything that drowned me taught me how to swim.»

Jenim Dibie


«Then took the quilt out of its linen wrapper for the pleasure of the brilliant colors and the feel of the velvet. The needlework was very fine and regular. Adair hated needlework and she could not imagine sitting and stitching the fine crow’s-foot seams.»

Paulette Jiles


«It's quite simple. I just don't feel right without a pen in my hand denting a hole through my notepad.»

Veronika Carnaby


«I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.»

Samuel Johnson


«To write is to reveal oneself.»

Sanhita Baruah


«Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.»

Walter Benjamin


«What is fantasy? On one level, of course, it is a game: a pure pretense with no ulterior motive whatever. It is one child saying to another child, “Let’s be dragons,” and then they’re dragons for an hour or two. It is escapism of the most admirable kind—the game played for the game’s sake.»

Ursula K. Le Guin


«I need words that mean more than they mean, words not just with height and width, but depth and weight and, and other dimensions that I cannot even name.»

Lois McMaster Bujold


«Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it's flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotion spent before I began a new story. My characters are my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.»

Red Haircrow


«We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling»

Cassandra Clare


«I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.»

Truman Capote


«Remember yourself. Deep inside, you have an observer, a constant neutral witness to your posture, gesture, facial expression, breathing, taste, impressions of light and sound. Don't leap to interpret. Just be there and observe.»

Jonathan Price


«[Henry] James's critical genius comes out most tellingly in his mastery over, his baffling escape from, Ideas; a mastery and an escape which are perhaps the last test of a superior intelligence.»

T.S. Eliot