«You always get more respect when you don't have a happy ending.»

Julia Quinn

«Identifying Your Dream»


«I was thinking: to write and being a writer are two kind of diferrences things.»

Desi Puspitasari

«The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.»

Haruki Murakami

«technology murdered childhood.»

Robert M. Drake

«Some part of me knew from the first that what I wanted was not reality but myth.»

Stephen King

«A true writer should be able to write about any color. It's the story they tell that should affect people, not the race.»

Dee Dee M. Scott

«Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.»

J.P. Donleavy

«The writer has little control over personal temperament, none over historical moment, and is only partly in charge of his or her own aesthetic.»

Julian Barnes

«Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.»

Stephen King

«We are all pencils in the hand of God.»

Mother Teresa

«In the past few years I've assigned books to be read before a student attends one of my weeklong seminars. I have been astonished by how few people -- people who supposedly want to write -- read books, and if they read them, how little they examine them.»

Natalie Goldberg

«In the end, fiction is the craft of telling truth through lies.»

Lauren Groff

«The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.»

Fran Lebowitz

«I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.»

Shannon Hale

«The things that the novel does not say are necessarily more numerous than those it does say and only a special halo around what is written can give the illusion that you are reading also what is not written.»

Italo Calvino

«When I can’t write I read. When I can’t read I sleep. And when I can’t sleep I write.»

Jarod Kintz

«If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist.»

Neil Gaiman

«At its best, fantasy rewards the reader with a sense of wonder about what lies within the heart of the commonplace world. The greatest tales are told over and over, in many ways, through centuries. Fantasy changes with the changing times, and yet it is still the oldest kind of tale in the world, for it began once upon a time, and we haven't heard the end of it yet.»

Patricia A. McKillip

«Talent is a faucet. When it is on, one must write. Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.»

Jean Anouilh

«Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.»

Jules Renard

«There's an old rule of theater that goes, 'If there's a gun on the mantel in Act I, it must go off in Act III.' The reverse is also true.»

Stephen King

«I write not for the sake of glory. Not for the sake of fame. Not of the sake of success. But for the sake of my soul.»

Rachel Scott

«I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.»

Kurt Vonnegut

«Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.»

Stephen King

«I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.»

P.G. Wodehouse

«Good or bad, words have an impact on each of us. As a writer, I can only hope that the effects my words have on others are more often good than bad.»

Jessica Lave

«To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.»


«88. People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.»

Roman Payne

«Being goal-oriented instead of self-oriented is crucial. I know so many people who want to be writers. But let me tell you, they really don't want to be writers. They want to have been writers. They wish they had a book in print. They don't want to go through the work of getting the damn book out. There is a huge difference.»

James A. Michener