Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Quotes for Writers

quotes word with sparkle pinkQuotes for writers or anyone who likes quotes like I do.

“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”
—Angela Carter

“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
—Margaret Laurence

 

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” —William Carlos Williams

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
—Ernest Hemingway

“Writers are always selling somebody out.” —Joan Didion

“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” —Robert A. Heinlein

“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.” —George Singleton

“Beware of advice—even this.” —Carl Sandburg, WD

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” —Jim Tully, WD

“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”—Leigh Brackett, WD

“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again.” —Eudora Welty, WD

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” —Lawrence Block, WD

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson

“If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us.” —William Faulkner

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.” —Catherine Drinker Bowen

“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
—Gore Vidal

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” —Allen Ginsberg, WD

“Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.” —William S. Burroughs

“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.”—Steve Almond, WD

 

Comments

  1. Ann Winfred says:

    Delicious collection of quotes, Jules. I especially liked Hemingway’s. Thanks!!

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