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Quotes About Writing

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Will Self
“Don't look back until you've written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in ... the edit."

[Ten rules for writing fiction (part two), The Guardian, 20 February 2010]”
Will Self

Hugh MacLeod
“You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

Pierre Boulle
“But once an original book has been written-and no more than one or two appear in a century-men of letters imitate it, in other words, they copy it so that hundreds of thousands of books are published on exactly the same theme, with slightly different titles and modified phraseology. This should be able to be achieved by apes, who are essentially imitators, provided, of course, that they are able to make use of language.”
Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes

“If you don't think too good, don't think too much.”
Ted Williams

W.H. Auden
“Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.”
W.H. Auden

Isabel Allende
“الكتابة مثل الشعوذة : لايكفي إخراج أرنب من القبعة ، بل يجب عمل ذلك بأناقة وطريقة ممتعة”
Isabel Allende, La suma de los días

Will Self
“You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose? Relax into the awareness that this ghastly sensation will never, ever leave you, no matter how successful and publicly lauded you become. It is intrinsic to the real business of writing and should be cherished.”
Will Self

Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
“The music lets me see the story but the story doesn't let me write the words.”
Elizabeth J. Kolodziej

Albert Camus
“In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul”
Albert Camus

Stephen J. Cannell
“I never waited for my Irish Cream coffee to be the right temperature, with a storm happening outside and my fireplace crackling ... I wrote every day, at home, in the office, whether I felt like it or not, I just did it.”
Stephen J. Cannell

“All stories are love stories.”
Robert McLiam Wilson, Eureka Street

Jarod Kintz
“Writing is hard, but I don’t want to kill myself trying to write. Not unless I’m writing a suicide note.”
Jarod Kintz

Cameron Conaway
“Fighting and writing’s deepest layers of beauty lie not only in the physical and mental realms of what we know, but also as an incognizable instinct, a realm we will never fully know but will forever feel.”
Cameron Conaway, Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

Shannon Hale
“The rewrites are a struggle right now. Sometimes I wish writing a book could just be easy for me at last. But when I think about it practically, I am glad it's a struggle. I am (as usual) attempting to write a book that's too hard for me. I'm telling a story I'm not smart enough to tell. The risk of failure is huge. But I prefer it this way. I'm forced to learn, forced to smarten myself up, forced to wrestle. And if it works, then I'll have written something that is better than I am.”
Shannon Hale

C. JoyBell C.
“I hope I don't write TOO many books! When I look at authors who have written too many books, I wonder to myself "When did they live?" I certainly want to write BECAUSE I live! I know I don't want to write in order to live! My writing is an overflow of the wine glass of my life, not a basin in which I wash out my ideals and expectations.”
C. JoyBell C.

Don Roff
“A migraine is the cockblock of writing.”
Don Roff

Primadonna Angela
“It's not how great the ideas are. It's about how you write them, to make them great.”
Primadonna Angela

T.F. Hodge
“If you have a dream, keep it. But write it down and take appropriate actions to see it manifest.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Ernest Hemingway
“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.”
Ernest Hemingway

Lester Bangs
“I'll probably never produce a masterpiece, but so what? I feel I have a Sound aborning, which is my own, and that Sound if erratic is still my greatest pride, because I would rather write like a dancer shaking my ass to boogaloo inside my head, and perhaps reach only readers who like to use books to shake their asses, than to be or write for the man cloistered in a closet somewhere reading Aeschylus while this stupefying world careens crazily past his waxy windows toward its last raving sooty feedback pirouette. ”
Lester Bangs, Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

Henry Mosquera
“Some things are just like riding a bicycle; you jump on, pedal, and hope you don’t fall.”
Henry Mosquera, Sleeper's Run

Jarod Kintz
“If my name were Mark Twain, I’d write under the pseudonym “Samuel Clemens.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

Cameron Conaway
“Like forearm veins, my interests spread in different directions and eventually led to the hands, to writing.”
Cameron Conaway, Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

Marie Brennan
“Matriarchy is a time-honored staple for any writer looking to invent an exotic society.”
Marie Brennan

Jefferson Smith
“In the world of your story, your outline is like the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, your characters are all Atheists.”
Jefferson Smith

Kai Strand
“When you write, you are telling a story...to yourself. When you revise, you are telling a story to yourself...over and over again.”
Kai Strand

Katherine Paterson
“I love revisions…We can’t go back and revise our lives, but being allowed to go back and revise what we have written comes closest.”
Katherine Paterson

Edgar Allan Poe
“Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Toba Beta
“Somebody is observing my writings, I know that.
That's one reason why I keep reading and writing.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“Writing is beautiful, like putting on a gold suit and going to sleep in it.”
Mark Leidner, The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover

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