Quotes About Creative Writing

Quotes tagged as "creative-writing" (showing 1-30 of 85)
Brené Brown
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.”
Brené Brown

Red Haircrow
“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”
Red Haircrow

William Faulkner
“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance. That is, to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is ... curiosity to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does. And if you have that, then I don't think the talent makes much difference, whether you've got that or not.

[Press conference, University of Virginia, May 20, 1957]”
William Faulkner

Nelson Algren
“You don't write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich. A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.”
Nelson Algren, Nonconformity

Brian Raif
“Art is the overflow of emotion into action.”
Brian Raif

Richard Powers
“Time passes, as the novelist says. The single most useful trick of fiction for our repair and refreshment: the defeat of time. A century of family saga and a ride up an escalator can take the same number of pages. Fiction sets any conversion rate, then changes it in a syllable. The narrator’s mother carries her child up the stairs and the reader follows, for days. But World War I passes in a paragraph. I needed 125 pages to get from Labor Day to Christmas vacation. In six more words, here’s spring.”
Richard Powers, Generosity: An Enhancement

Jyoti Arora
“Creativity is a magic wand that works two ways. When you set it in action and seek to create something, it does not just brings into existence that object or work, it also raises in your heart a dream, a hope, and a will to achieve that creation. And when all else seems lost and steeped in hopelessness, the magic of creativity can still keep you going. For when all else seem dark, an urge to create something would still give you an aim to look forward to. And if you just take hold of this urge, it will take hold of you and see you through even the darkest times. Like it did to me.”
Jyoti Arora

“A word of warning here. The events as you remember them will never be the same in your memory once you have turned them into a memoir. For years I have worried that if I turn all of my life into literature, I won't have any real life left - just stories about it. And it is a realistic concern: it does happen like that. I am no longer sure I remember how it felt to be twenty and living in Spain after my parents died; my book about it stands now between me and my memories. When I try to think about that time, what comes to mind most readily is what I wrote.”
Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

Livia Blackburne
“The process doesn’t end there. Stories are more than just images. As you continue in the tale, you get to know the characters, motivations and conflicts that make up the core of the story. This requires more parts of the brain. Some parts process emotion. Others infer the thoughts of others, letting us empathize with their experiences. Yet other parts package the experience into memories for future reflection”
Livia Blackburne, Dalle parole al cervello

John Rember
“MFA in a Box is designed to help you to find the courage to put truth into words and to understand that writing is a life-and-death endeavor — but that nothing about a life-and-death endeavor keeps it from being laugh-out-loud funny.”
John Rember, MFA in a Box

Lionel Suggs
“People won't see Imagination in something that doesn't relate to their experience because of their own mental limitations. I want people to escape the expected and ordinary, to escape the regular expectations of a story, and truly step into a different world of literature.”
Lionel Suggs

Hermann Hesse
“Gemeinsam aber ist allen Menschen, die des guten Willens sind, dieses: daß unsere Werke uns am Ende beschämen, daß wir immer wieder von vorn beginnen müssen, daß das Opfer immer neu gebracht werden muß.”
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

Sebastian Marincolo
“A marijuana high can enhance core human mental abilities. It can help you to focus, to remember, to see new patterns, to imagine, to be creative, to introspect, to empathically understand others, and to come to deep insights. If you don’t find this amazing you have lost your sense of wonder. Which, by the way, is something a high can bring back, too.”
Sebastian Marincolo

Sharif Khan
“Writing is the high alchemy of the soul that combines words and ideas to create magic.”
Sharif Khan

When the lyrical muse sings the creative pen dances.
“When the lyrical muse sings the creative pen dances.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Haruki Murakami
“Well, look at it another way: why shouldn’t there be cats in a zoo?" I said.

"They’re animals, too, right?"

"Cats and dogs are your run-of-the-mill-type animals. Nobody’s going to pay money to see them," he said. "Just look around you-they’re everywhere. Same thing with people.”
Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Miyuki Miyabe
“All stories are the sin of their weaver.”
Miyuki Miyabe

Ken Poirot
“Explore your inner creative genius through the medium you love and enjoy the journey!”
Ken Poirot, Go Viral!: The Social Media Secret to Get Your Name Posted and Shared All Over the World!

Angelica Hopes
“To annoy or piss off are light offences. I'd say if you abuse the goodness of a novelist or a writer, the truth is, he or she can kill you multiple times or cannibalise you in many antagonist characters.”
Angelica Hopes

Marc Royston
“I seek to take my audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride, a journey of laughter and tears and every sentiment in between.”
Marc Royston

Chang-rae Lee
“Does any program really improve anybody, as much as simply identifying them? And, after identifying them, not ruining them?”
Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee
“Does any (MFA) program really improve anybody, as much as simply identifying them? And, after identifying them, not ruining them?”
Chang-rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea

“Selamat menyimak wawancara dalam buku ini yang bertaburan gagasan-gagasan menyentak.”
Budi Irawanto, Questioning Everything! kreativitas di dunia yang tidak baik-baik saja

Jerzy Pilch
“In the Alco Ward a dispute had broken out over plagiarism. Incidentally, when I arrived there for the first time I did not have the slightest notion that I was crossing the threshold of a creative writing program, that I was entering a community of people of the pen, of writers who were incessantly creating their alcoholic autobiographies, recording their innermost feeling in cheap sixty-page notebooks that were called emotional journals, laboriously assembling their drunkard's confessions.”
Jerzy Pilch, The Mighty Angel

Rainbow Rowell
“Nick wanted to meet on campus at Love Library. (That was the actual name; thank you for your donation, Mayor Don Lathrop Love.)”
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Jaime Reed
“Writing is something you Do and not discuss. Talk is cheap, wishes are free and a fool is included with every purchase. So spend your time wisely.”
Jaime Reed

Elizabeth Gilbert
“Só porque a criatividade é mística, não quer dizer que não deva ser desmistificada - especialmente se isso significa libertar os artistas das limitações de seus delírios de grandeza, de seu pânico e de seu ego.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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