Writers on Writing 1

Some interesting sharp points on the writerly art from those in the know. I have only chosen writers whom I have read and for whom I have affection.

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. ~Hart Crane

Read vociferously. Don’t read shite.  Jim Perrin

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.  ~Truman Capote

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.  ~Hannah Arendt

Every writer I know has trouble writing.  ~Joseph Heller

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.  ~Franz Kafka

An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.  ~Gustave Flaubert

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  ~Ray Bradbury

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.  ~Goethe

I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.  ~John Updike

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.  ~William Styron

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.  ~Thomas Mann

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.  ~Jean Luc Godard

“If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average” – Derek Walcott

“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.” – Lord Byron

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.

– Stephen King

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