Quotes on writing

“Every writer’s writing about himself. Even when you pretend you’re not, you are.” – Gay Talese

“Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.” Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)

“Writing is a process of discovery, of unbearable pain and suffering. If it’s not pain and suffering you should be quite worried. People who find writing easy are dangerously close to considering themselves geniuses.” – Rian Malan

“The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.”  – Zadie Smith

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make when they go by.” – Douglas Adams.

“Writing, to me, is thinking through my fingertips.” – Isaac Asimov

“Write about what you know, and what do you know better than your own secrets?” – Raymond Carver

“Loads of children read books about dinosaurs, underwater monsters, dragons, witches, aliens, and robots. Essentially, the people who read SF, fantasy and horror haven’t grown out of enjoying the strange and weird.” – China Mieville

“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”

“What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?”

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Jack Kerouac

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
– Madeleine L’Engle

“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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