Quotes About Writing Life

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Gustave Flaubert
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
Gustave Flaubert

Chuck Palahniuk
“That's why I write, because life never works except in retrospect. You can't control life, at least you can control your version.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Stranger than Fiction

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Love of the Last Tycoon

Ernest Hemingway
“In order to write about life first you must live it.”
Ernest Hemingway

Stephen King
“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Anne Lamott
“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Stephen Fry
“We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I'm going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”
Stephen Fry

Stephen King
“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Steven Pressfield
“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Robert Hass
“It's hell writing and it's hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.”
Robert Hass

Socrates
“If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.”
Socrates

Stephen King
“Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

David Lindsay-Abaire
“Meggie Folchart: Having writer's block? Maybe I can help.
Fenoglio: Oh yes, that's right. You want to be a writer, don't you?
Meggie Folchart: You say that as if it's a bad thing.
Fenoglio: Oh no, it's just a lonely thing. Sometimes the world you create on the page seems more friendly and alive than the world you actually live in.”
David Lindsay-Abaire

Michael Chabon
“You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.”
Michael Chabon

“Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.”
A. Lee Martinez

Stephen King
“It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“No book can ever be finished. While working on it we learn just enough to find it immature the moment we turn away from it”
Karl R. Popper

C. JoyBell C.
“It's like I get into a roller coaster, and sit there while it goes up and down and upside down and sometimes I get thrown out and I hit my head, but I crawl back in again and the moment I'm back in, it just keeps on going and going again...all of this, so I can find things out and then I write about the things I find out so you can find them out from me. All the bruises, all the wounds, all the bumps on the head, all the scars, just so I can take that and I can write all these things, and sometimes I say "God, I don't want to be in this roller coaster anymore." But when I think about it, if I'm not right here, then where the hell would I be? On the sidewalk? I wasn't born to stand on the sidewalk, I was born to fly around crazy in the sky!”
C. JoyBell C.

Neil Gaiman
“All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.”
Neil Gaiman

Julia Cameron
“Writing is like breathing, it's possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.”
Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life

Roald Dahl
“The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it. It happens to be a fact that nearly every writer of fiction in the world drinks more whisky than is good for him. He does it to give himself faith hope and courage. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul and that I am sure is why he does it.”
Roald Dahl, Boy: Tales of Childhood

Donald Harington
“If you are destined to become a writer, you can't help it. If you can help it, you aren't destined to become a writer. The frustrations and disappointments, not even to mention the unspeakable loneliness, are too unbearable for anyone who doesn't have a deep sense of being unable to avoid writing.”
Donald Harington

“A writer is a dangerous friend. Everything you say, all of your life and experience, is fodder for our writing. We mean you no harm, but what you know and what you’ve done is unavoidably fascinating to us. Being friends with a writer is a bit like trying to keep a bear as a pet. They’re wonderful, friendly creatures, but they play rough and they don’t know their own strength or remember that they have claws. Choose the stories you tell to your writer friends carefully.”
Randy Murray

Susan Cain
“you once said to would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen in that case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing one self to excess; that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which, therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind...That is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Isaac Asimov
“Whenever I have endured or accomplished some difficult task -- such as watching television, going out socially or sleeping -- I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something.”
Isaac Asimov

L.A. Jones
“If everyone could be a successful and rich author, there would be no point in working so hard. Where is the fun in that?”
L.A. Jones

Greg Sisco
“Writing is like having sex. The people who never shut up about doing it are usually the ones who don't know what the hell they're doing.”
Greg Sisco

Virginia Woolf
“The way to rock oneself back into writing is this. First gentle exercise in the air. Second the reading of good literature. It is a mistake to think that literature can be produced from the raw. One must get out of life...one must become externalised; very, very concentrated, all at one point, not having to draw upon the scattered parts of one's character, living in the brain.”
Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary

S. Kelley Harrell
“Too many irons, not enough fire.”
S. Kelley Harrell

Liz Fichera
“When you can't enter through the front door, kick in a window.”
Liz Fichera

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