Writing

«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.»

Aristotle


«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


«Sometimes, as much as writing saves one’s own life, you cannot imagine how it will save another’s. This is another reason why it is important to do the work, over and over again. It is food, the kind a soul needs.»

Lilith Saintcrow


«I used to capture the vastness and the immensity of the world and confine it to the limited pages of the parchment.»

Hark Herald Sarmiento


«Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.»

Paul Pearsall


«Tell me this--if you knew you would be poor as a church mouse all your life--if you knew you'd never have a line published--would you still go on writing--»

L.M. Montgomery


«Writing is about taking everyday observations, things which people see almost every day of their lives, and yet bringing it to their attention for the very first time.»

Jamie L. Harding


«Failure is usually boring. It is the credible but unrealized threat of failure that is interesting.»

Robin D. Laws


«I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.»

W. Somerset Maugham


«You look up when you wish to be exalted. And I look down because I am exalted.»

Friedrich Nietzsche


«As I go off into the big black abyss of my future, I have to admit that I am terrified and also a bit insecure in my decisions. But, I also realize that anyone who has ever gone off into uncharted waters must have felt similar to the way I feel now, which gives me a small ounce of comfort. I don’t know how to do what I am doing, I have no way of knowing if this is the right way or not. But I guess I’ll never know until I get there. So, this is me, being a pioneer.»

Leigh Hershkovich


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«But it isn’t a rough draft either. The one I turned in several months ago was rough. There were some bad plot holes, some logical inconsistencies, pacing problems, and not nearly enough lesbian unicorns.»

Patrick Rothfuss


«To everyone who thinks writing a sequel should be easy because you've already clreated the universe: Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha! Heh. No.»

John Scalzi


«And I think that in myself (and perhaps evident in what I write) fear of loss»

Richard Ford


«Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.»

Paul Auster


«I write romance and passion to savour love twice, in the moment and in retrospect.»

Angeline M. Bishop


«E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.»

Anne Lamott


«Jack Kerouac died after throwing up blood. The malt liquor. Then that other guy who shot his wife in the head. Burroughs somebody. And I wonder about literary figures. They're all drunk and staggering and haunting people today, I bet, still muttering and ranting in disassociated lines.»

Kate Inglis


«A book gets rejected because it's not ready to be published.»

Gina B. Nahai


«It's possible, in a poem or a short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things-- a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring-- with immense, even startling power. It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader's spine-- the source of artistic delight, as Nabokov would have it. That's the kind of writing that most interests me.»

Raymond Carver


«The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.»

Steven Pressfield


«I had zero idea of what I was doing.. I honestly had no idea where to start. All I knew was I had something I craved to say.. I wanted to create art that lived on longer than I do. Perseverance and teaching yourself, every day through stress and hard work proves shit really does progress without you realizing. One minute you're an amateur, knowing nothing, not even the basics. The next you can put pen to paper, write a song, and create art in such little time! It's crazy beautiful.»

scott mcgoldrick


«The purpose of writing is to hold a mirror to nature, but too much today is written from small mirrors in vanity cases.»

John Mason Brown


«The writer can grow as a person or he can shrink. ... His curiosity, his reaction to life must not diminish. The fatal thing is to shrink, to be interested in less, sympathetic to less, desiccating to the point where life itself loses its flavor, and one’s passion for human understanding changes to weariness and distaste.»

Norman Mailer


«In such troubled times, we must remember the value writers have—the value of inventing new language to keep pace with the rapidly transforming world around us.»

Jonathan Stalling


«Lost in a book is a great place to be found.»

Shannon Taylor Hodnett