Creative Writing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "creative-writing" (showing 1-30 of 299)
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

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

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

Amit Kalantri
“All worries are less with wine.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Jerry Stahl
“Destroy your life; then put it back together.You'll get great material, meet some fascinating characters and – side benefit – the skills you develop will give you greater compassion, insight and range with the people you create on the page – or run into off of it.”
Jerry Stahl

Ashley Ormon
“Creativity is the brain's invisible muscle -- that when used and excercised routinely -- becomes better and stronger.”
Ashley Ormon

Amit Kalantri
“Be a worthy worker and work will come.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Father has a strengthening character like the sun and mother has a soothing temper like the moon.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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

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

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

Amit Kalantri
“Great losses are great lessons.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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

Amit Kalantri
“Health is hearty, health is harmony, health is happiness.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“In your name, the family name is at last because it's the family name that lasts.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Mandy K.
“Your head will tell you a thousand times that it’s over before your heart will.”
Mandy K., Pen And Paper

Mandy K.
“When I quit smoking, they told me it takes three days to be able to breathe normally again, five days until I’m no longer physically addicted, seven days until there’s no more nicotine in my blood, six months to be entirely clean and fifteen years until the chance of a sudden death due to the consequences of smoking is minimized to 50%.
I wish somebody could tell me how long it would take to be over you, too.”
Mandy K.

Mandy K.
“Too many people are fighting battles you cannot look up in history books. Don’t blame them if it made them sick at some point.”
Mandy K.

Mandy K.
“Forgetting is easier than having to remember for as long as it takes not to hurt anymore.”
Mandy K.

Mandy K.
“I wish I could wake up tomorrow
with a mind that does not constantly
remind me of the pain of yesterday.”
Mandy K., The Final Stroke

Mandy K.
“How many nights does it take to stop these wounds from bleeding?”
Mandy K., The Story Of A Loner: The Words I Never Said

Mandy K.
“For the past years I was so good at hiding my pain that it went ignored.”
Mandy K., The Story Of A Loner: The Words I Never Said

“Passion is the devotion towards creative mind-set”
D'vijay

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