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Quotes About Writing

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Carl Sandburg
“I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.”
Carl Sandburg

David Morrell
“As much as I like it when a book I'm writing speeds along, the downside can be that an author becomes too eager to finish and rushes the end. The end is even more important than the first page, and rushing can damage it.”
David Morrell

Tiffany Madison
“If the novel is dead, I'm a necrophiliac.”
Tiffany Madison

Kurt Vonnegut
“The proper ending for any story about people it seems to me, since life is now a polymer in which the Earth is wrapped so tightly, should be the same abbreviation, which I now write large because I feel like it, which is this one:
ETC.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

C.K. Webb
“A writer doesn't dream of riches and fame, though those things are nice. A true writer longs to leave behind a piece of themselves, something that withstands the test of time and is passed down for generations.”
C.K. Webb

Kelly Barnhill
“That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.”
Kelly Barnhill

Edgar Rice Burroughs
“I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

“Writing is done alone. People do not talk about the things they do alone.”
Anneli Rufus, Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto

“One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into
a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession.
Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic,
physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.”
Niyi Osundare

Ray Bradbury
“It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones.”
Ray Bradbury

Philippe Claudel
“It's always been difficult for me to speak and express my innermost thoughts. I prefer to write. When I sit down and write, words grow very docile, they come and feed out of my hand like little birds, and I can do almost what I want with them; whereas when I try to marshal them in open air, they fly away from me.”
Philippe Claudel, Brodeck

Stephen King
“It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Patricia C. Wrede
“Murphy is a writer's best friend, but you have to keep an eye on him, or he'll steal the silver.”
Patricia C. Wrede

Joyce Carol Oates
“For obviously the advantage for most writers is that no one sees them. The writer is invisible, which confers power.”
Joyce Carol Oates

Christopher Hitchens
“Forget it. Never explain; never apologize. You can either write posthumously or you can't.”
Christopher Hitchens, Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports

Abdelkebir Khatibi
“إن الحرف المخطط ليس كلياً حرفاً، إنه بالأحرى شئ يتموضع بين الكتابة والموسيقى”
Abdelkebir Khatibi, الاسم العربي الجريح

Northrop Frye
“The poet, however, uses these two crude, primitive, archaic forms of thought (simile and metaphor) in the most uninhibited way, because his job is not to describe nature, but to show you a world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.”
Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination

Sonia Rumzi
“I go silent so I can write. When my tongue is wagging my fingers are silent.”
Sonia Rumzi, Simple Conversation

Walter Kirn
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
Walter Kirn

Iain Reid
“We all know writing is a reclusive, lonely endeavour. It just is. But nobody writes alone.”
Iain Reid, One Bird's Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home

Jorge Luis Borges
“How can we manage to illuminate the pathos of our lives?”
Jorge Luis Borges, Borges on Writing

Ren Garcia
“Trying to live up to yourself is the most trying thing.”
Ren Garcia

“Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard.”
Marty Rubin

Emma Shortt
“Writing is like baking cupcakes, you're trying to make something from the raw. Like with cupcakes it's flour and eggs and stuff, and with books it's ideas and words. The end result is the same though, you want people to eat them up.”
Emma Shortt

Philip Sidney
“Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: "Fool!" said my muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.”
Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella

A.S. Byatt
“History, writing, infect after a time a man's sense of himself...”
A.S. Byatt

Desi Puspitasari
“Fiction is a great combination between experience and imagination.”
Desi Puspitasari

M. Clifford
“To breathe is to live, but to write unimpeded is to breathe eternal.”
M. Clifford, The Book

Linda Yezak
“If you're a writer, write. And always strive for excellence.”
Linda Yezak

“Eating was still a sore point with Smriti.She failed to understand,when interesting options like mango juice or chocolates were available,why was she forced by her stupid mother to eat boring regular meals?
After much contemplation,Nikhil came up with a suggestion'Don't give her food till she herself asks for it'.
His idea'starve-to know-the-worth-of -food'made sense to Abhilasha,though it took her a great deal of resolve before she could actually try it out.
So on a sunday,the'lady with an iron will'took over from'the soft and kind hearted mother'.she did not give her anything to eat and waited for the golden moment,expecting a hungry Smriti to beg for food.
But the much awaited moment never came.Smriti was not at all bothered about her meal and kept playing happily. The day turned into evening and still there was no trace of hunger in her.
"Aren't you feeling hungry?' now a worried mother had no option but to eat the humble pie and ask the daughter.
"No Maa. My friend Pinky had brought wafers and chocolates. Those were so yummy that I ate them all......"
And that was the end of her'starve-to -know-the-worth-of-food-mission.”
Chitralekha Paul, Delayed Monsoon

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