About Writing

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Ana├»s Nin

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

“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” — Gustave Flaubert

“Writing is both mask and unveiling.” — E.B. White

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” — Oscar Wilde

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” — Tom Clancy

“Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.” — Robert Frost

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

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” — John Jakes

“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

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. ” — Richard Wright

“It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.” — Vita Sackville-West

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

“She might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man.” — E.M. Forster

“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