And the subject was writing…

One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
Flannery O’Connor
 
 
Writers sometimes give up what is most strange and wonderful about their writing – soften their roughest edges – to accommodate themselves toward a group response.
Mary Oliver
 
 
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.
Truman Capote
 
 
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.
Barbara Kingsolver
 
 
Writing is its own reward.
Henry Miller
 
 
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
Jorge Luis Borges
 
 
Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.
Margaret Atwood
 
 
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
Natalie Goldberg
 
 
Writing is not primarily escape, but use.
Henry James
 
 
Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.
Blaise Pascal
 
 
Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Virginia Woolf
 
 
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Lillian Hellman
 
 
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekov
 
 
The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.
Frederich Nietzsche
 
 
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Jack Kerouac

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on May 29, 2012.

One Response to “And the subject was writing…”

  1. Wonderful, thought provoking and inspiring quotes. Keepers ~ all of them!

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