Writing

«It is not my words that I polish, but my ideas. 102»

Joseph Joubert


«Political writing in our time consists almost entirely of prefabricated phrases bolted together like the pieces of a child's Meccano set. It is the unavoidable result of self-censorship. To write in plain, vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox.»

George Orwell


«I think part of my purpose in this life is to talk about magic, and to make it.»

Theodora Goss


«The more the words of others impressed him with their factual content, the more he felt he must wait for his own facts before being tempted into words.»

Louis Zukofsky


«The writer has no responsibility other than to jack off in bed alone and write a good page.»

Charles Bukowski


«I go on writing so that I will always have something to read.»

Jeanette Winterson


«Sometimes I scare myself at how easily I slip inside my mind and live vicariously through these characters.»

Teresa Mummert


«Maybe one day we’ll find that place, where you and I could be together and we’ll catch our dreams within the waves of change. So hear me, you are not alone.»

Robert M. Drake


«I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.»

Louisa May Alcott


«I’m trying to translate what my cat says and put it in a book, but how many homonyms are there for meow?»

Jarod Kintz


«His style as a writer places him in the category of the immortals, and his courage as a critic outlives the bitter battles in which he engaged. As a result, we use the word 'Orwellian' in two senses: The first describes a nightmare state, a dystopia of untrammelled power; the second describes the human qualities that are always ranged in resistance to such regimes, and that may be more potent and durable than we sometimes dare to think.»

Christopher Hitchens


«The professional loves her work. She is invested in it wholeheartedly. But she does not forget that the work is not her.»

Steven Pressfield


«I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it.»

Edgar Rice Burroughs


«My fingers burn behind the keys of my typewriter, the lettering fading with every thoughtful strike. The many words I write I dare not stall; my mind perpetually alert for my magnum opus call.»

A.K. Kuykendall


«I am too sick to be out of bed, too crazy to sleep, and am surrounded by horrors.»

Horace Greeley


«writing fiction is the best thing there is because absolutely everything is possible!»

Mario Vargas Llosa


«What writing means to me?»

Natașa Alina Culea


«You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.»

Annie Proulx


«Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.»

Eudora Welty


«There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.»

Beatrix Potter


«Saki says that youth is like hors d'oeuvres: you are so busy thinking of the next courses you don't notice it. When you've had them, you wish you'd had more hors d'oeuvres.»

Philip Larkin


«Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.»

Hermann Hesse


«Less is more.»

William Knowlton Zinsser


«I am fun, friendly, and I know how to use the third comma in a list of three distinct items or things. In my book that makes me a better lover, because I wrote it. The book, I wrote the book, so of course I’d make myself a better lover.»

Jarod Kintz


«I tell you this true story just to prove that I can. That my frailty has not yet reached a point at which I can no longer tell a true story.»

Joan Didion


«Publishing is a business and writing is an art. The two have to be crammed together despite the clearly different motivations behind them.»

Michelle M. Pillow


«Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.»

Marcel Proust


«When I write, it's everything that we don't know we can be that is written out of me, without exclusions, without stipulation, and everything we will be calls us to the unflagging, intoxicating, unappeasable search for love. In one another we will never be lacking.»

Hélène Cixous


«When Tito was born, I was writing my fifth novel.»

Diogo Mainardi


«Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare, or a witches sabbath or a portrait of the devil; but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare or ring true. That's because only a real artist knows the anatomy of the terrible, or the physiology of fear.»

H.P. Lovecraft