“It is not true we have only one life to live. If we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”
– S.I. Hayakawa
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
– George Orwell
I shall live badly if I do not write,
and I shall write badly if I do not live.
– Francoise Sagan
“Writing itself is one of the great, free human activities. There is scope for individuality, and elation, and discovery. In writing, for the person who follows with trust and forgiveness what occurs to him, the world remains always ready and deep, an inexhaustible environment, with the combined vividness of an actuality and flexibility of a dream. Working back and forth between experience and thought, writers have more than space and time can offer. They have the whole unexplored realm of human vision.”
– William Stafford,
Writing the Australian Crawl
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work.
– Stephen King
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
What no one may ever understand is that a writer is working when (s)he is staring out the window…
(Maybe I should try to explain this to my boss…)
When I’m writing, I don’t dream much; it’s like the dreaming gets used in the writing.
– Ursula le Guin
Books are no more threatened by Kindle
than stairs by elevators.
– Stephen Fry
As a writer you appear to be doing nothing most of the time.
– Laurel Speer