Archive for 'The Writing Life'

Fitzgerald on writers

Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. It’s like actors, who try so pathetically not to look in mirrors. Who lean backward trying—only to see their faces in the reflecting chandeliers. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Tycoon

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King on having fun

When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too. — Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 17, 2007

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Orwell on writing to make money

There is only one way to make money at writing, and that is to marry a publisher’s daughter. — George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

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Albee on the creative process

Few sensible authors are happy discussing the creative process — it is, after all, black magic, and may lose its power if we look that particular gift horse too closely in the mouth. — Edward Albee, Three Tall Women (Forward)

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Zola on what makes a poet

There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman. — Emile Zola

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Williams on writing

At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. — Tennessee Williams,Sweet Bird of Youth (Forward)

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Ibsen on what it means to write

Writing has … been to me like a bath from which I have risen feeling cleaner, healthier, and freer. — Henrik Ibsen, Speeches and New Letters

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Rilke on what a writer needs to write

What is needed, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end–that is what you must be able to attain. — Rainer Maria Rilke

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Jong on a child’s love of books

When I was a ten-year-old bookworm and used to kiss the dust jacket as if they were icons, it used to amaze me that these remote people could provoke me to love. — Erica Jong

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Abelard on the writing disease

Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease. – Peter Abelard

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