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Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him? ~ Sigmund Freud
Creative Writers quotes by Sigmund Freud
What politicians want and what creative writers want will always be profoundly different, because I'm afraid all politicians, of whatever hue, want propaganda, and writers want the truth, and they're not compatible. ~ David Hare
Creative Writers quotes by David Hare
Scholars look for final truths they will never find. Creative writers concern themselves with possibilities that are always there to the receptive. ~ Richard Hugo
Creative Writers quotes by Richard Hugo
I believe that all literatures can have political uses and misuses. Sometimes politics can enhance, sometimes it can get in the way of imaginative literature ... I'm not sure one can be a creative writer and a politician
not a "good" politician. ~ Gayl Jones
Creative Writers quotes by Gayl Jones
There are thousands of talented writers at work in America, and only a few of them (I think the number might be as low as five per cent) can support their families and themselves with their work. There's always some grant money available, but it's never enough to go around. As for government subsidies for creative writers, perish the thought. Tobacco subsidies, sure. Research grants to study the motility of unpreserved bull sperm, of course. Creative-writing subsidies, never. …America has never much revered her creative people; as a whole, we're more interested in commemorative plates from the Franklin Mint and Internet greeting-cards. And if you don't like it, it's a case of tough titty, said the kitty, 'cause that's just the way things are. Americans are a lot more interested in TV quiz shows than in the short fiction of Raymond Carver. ~ Stephen King
Creative Writers quotes by Stephen King
The problem with reality TV is that creative writers are not involved; TV folks are, and some journalists who will only mine the surface of subjects. Hard work necessary for discovering and delineating the intimacies of the subjects they capture is mostly avoided. ~ Lee Gutkind
Creative Writers quotes by Lee Gutkind
One must be an inventor to read well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creative Writers quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
... I've seen the world tell us with wars and real estate developments and bad politics and odd court decisions that our lives don't matter. That may be because we are too many. Architecture and application form, modern life says that with so many of us we can best survive by ignoring identity and acting as it individual differences do not exist. Maybe the narcissism academics condemn in creative writers is but a last reaching for a kind of personal survival. Anyway, as a sound psychoanalyst once remarked to me dryly, narcissism is difficult to avoid. When we are told in dozens of insidious ways that our lives don't matter, we may be forced to insist, often far too loudly, that they do. ~ Richard Hugo
Creative Writers quotes by Richard Hugo
No creative writer knows what is commercial and what isn't. You just write from your heart, you write from the deepest, creative urges in you, and you write from your soul, and you just either get lucky or not. ~ Mel Brooks
Creative Writers quotes by Mel Brooks
The creative writer is usually captive to his next book. ~ Fannie Hurst
Creative Writers quotes by Fannie Hurst
Though not all reading children grow up to be writers, I take it that most creative writers must in their day have been reading children. ~ Elizabeth Bowen
Creative Writers quotes by Elizabeth Bowen
For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity. ~ George Orwell
Creative Writers quotes by George Orwell
All creative writers need a certain amount of time when they're creating something where nobody should criticize them at all - at all. Even if the criticism is valid or good, they should just shut up, and let that person create. Because at a certain point you have to make it your own - not the world's, but your own. ~ Gena Rowlands
Creative Writers quotes by Gena Rowlands
There is no way of being a creative writer in America without being a loser. ~ Nelson Algren
Creative Writers quotes by Nelson Algren
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent. ~ E. M. Forster
Creative Writers quotes by E. M. Forster
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies. ~ Willa Cather
Creative Writers quotes by Willa Cather
There's something about the alchemy of the show - the actors, the writers, the directors, the editors - that makes 'Parenthood' unique. You get so deeply embedded with these characters because you go through life with them, and that's our priority. ~ Jason Katims
Creative Writers quotes by Jason Katims
Writers of comedy have outlook, whereas writers of tragedy have, according to them, insight. ~ James Thurber
Creative Writers quotes by James Thurber
It is worth repeating that powerful imagination is not false outward vision, but intense inward representation, and a creative energy constantly fed by susceptibility to the veriest minutiae of experience, which it reproduces and constructs in fresh and fresh wholes; not the habitual confusion of provable fact with the fictions of fancy and transient inclination, but a breadth of ideal association which informs every material object, every incidental fact with far-reaching memories and storied residues of passion, bringing into new light the less obvious relations to human existence. ~ George Eliot
Creative Writers quotes by George Eliot
Above, far above the prejudices and passions of men soar the laws of nature. Eternal and immutable, they are the expression of the creative power they represent what is, what must be, what otherwise could not be. Man can come to understand the: he is incapable of changing them. ~ Vilfredo Pareto
Creative Writers quotes by Vilfredo Pareto
Creative artists have great passion. ~ Jack Welch
Creative Writers quotes by Jack Welch
I have come to realize, after over thirty years of studying human creativity, that the great divide is not between those who are artists and those who are not, but between those who understand that they are creative and those who have become convinced that they are not. ~ Erwin Raphael McManus
Creative Writers quotes by Erwin Raphael McManus
The artist must manage to make posterity believe that he never existed. ~ Gustave Flaubert
Creative Writers quotes by Gustave Flaubert
We do not know how God created, what processes He used, for God used processes which are not now operating anywhere in the natural universe. This is why we refer to divine creation as special creation. We cannot discover by scientific investigations anything about the creative processes used by God. ~ Duane Gish
Creative Writers quotes by Duane Gish
We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
Creative Writers quotes by Joseph Chilton Pearce
The trick to writer's block is to sack up and write through it, you see. ~ Jeph Jacques
Creative Writers quotes by Jeph Jacques
Well, look at it another way: why shouldn't there be cats in a zoo?" I said.
"They're animals, too, right?"
"Cats and dogs are your run-of-the-mill-type animals. Nobody's going to pay money to see them," he said. "Just look around you-they're everywhere. Same thing with people. ~ Haruki Murakami
Creative Writers quotes by Haruki Murakami
I think that short films often contain an originality, a creative freedom, an energy and an invention that is inspiring and entertaining. I think they are, as Shakespeare put it, a good deed in a naughty world. ~ Kenneth Branagh
Creative Writers quotes by Kenneth Branagh
You want appreciation. Even though you like what's happening now doesn't mean that yo still don't want appreciation or greater stimulation. It just means you're been wanting. The perfect creative stance is satisfaction where I am and eagerness for more. ~ Abraham Hicks
Creative Writers quotes by Abraham Hicks
Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing. ~ Willa Cather
Creative Writers quotes by Willa Cather
Themes of descent often turn on the struggle between the titanic and the demonic within the same person or group. In Moby Dick, Ahab's quest for the whale may be mad and "monomaniacal," as it is frequently called, or even evil so far as he sacrifices his crew and ship to it, but evil or revenge are not the point of the quest. The whale itself may be only a "dumb brute," as the mate says, and even if it were malignantly determined to kill Ahab, such an attitude, in a whale hunted to the death, would certainly be understandable if it were there. What obsesses Ahab is in a dimension of reality much further down than any whale, in an amoral and alienating world that nothing normal in the human psyche can directly confront.
The professed quest is to kill Moby Dick, but as the portents of disaster pile up it becomes clear that a will to identify with (not adjust to) what Conrad calls the destructive element is what is really driving Ahab. Ahab has, Melville says, become a "Prometheus" with a vulture feeding on him. The axis image appears in the maelstrom or descending spiral ("vortex") of the last few pages, and perhaps in a remark by one of Ahab's crew: "The skewer seems loosening out of the middle of the world." But the descent is not purely demonic, or simply destructive: like other creative descents, it is partly a quest for wisdom, however fatal the attaining of such wisdom may be. A relation reminiscent of Lear and the fool develops at the end between Ahab and the little ~ Northrop Frye
Creative Writers quotes by Northrop Frye
I believe that if you have good organizational skills, then creativity can come out of that, but it's hard to be really creative when everything is a mess. And in a restaurant, organizational skills are imperative. ~ Anne Burrell
Creative Writers quotes by Anne Burrell
When difficulties seem insurmountable, optimists react in a more constructive and creative way. They accept the facts with realism, know how to rapidly identify the positive in adversity, draw lessons from it, and come up with an alternative solution or turn to a new project. Pessimists would rather turn away from the problem or adopt escapist strategies - sleep, isolation, drug or alcohol abuse - that diminish their focus on the problem.9 Instead of confronting them with resolve, they prefer to brood over their misfortunes, nurture illusions, dream up "magic" solutions, and accuse the whole world of being against them. They have a hard time drawing lessons from the past, which often leads to the repetition of their problems. They are more fatalistic ("I told you it wouldn't work. It's always the same, no matter what I do") and are quick to see themselves as "mere pawns in the game of life. ~ Matthieu Ricard
Creative Writers quotes by Matthieu Ricard
The significant difference between Proust and Faulkner, for Sartre, is that where Proust discovers salvation in time, in the recovery of time past, for Faulkner time is never lost, however much he may want, like a mystic, to forget time. Both writers emphasize the transitoriness of emotion, of the condition of love or misery, or whatever passes because it is transitory in time. "Proust really should have employed a technique like Faulkner's," Sartre legislates, "that was the logical outcome of his metaphysic. Faulkner, however, is a lost man, and because he knows that he is lost he risks pushing his thoughts to its conclusion. Proust is a classicist and a Frenchman; and the French lose themselves with caution and always end by finding themselves. ~ John McCormick
Creative Writers quotes by John McCormick
From a creative standpoint, I'm interested not only in the idea of helping couples and women, but challenging myself creatively, and doing each one better than the last thing I did. I think by doing that, by adding a visual element to these films, it really makes a huge difference. ~ Sasha Grey
Creative Writers quotes by Sasha Grey
It's becoming clearer and clearer to me that the world is there to be celebrated by writers, and in fact this is what all the good ones do, and that the great fashion for gloom and grimness was in fact a false path that certain writers took, I think in response to the horrors of the first half of the twentieth century. ~ Martin Amis
Creative Writers quotes by Martin Amis
For my present purpose I require a word which shall embrace both the Sub-Creative Art in itself, and a quality of strangeness and wonder in the Expression, derived from the Image: a quality essential to fairy-story. I propose, therefore, to arrogate to myself the powers of Humpty-Dumpty, and to use Fantasy for this purpose: in a sense, that is, which combines with its older and higher use as an equivalent of Imagination the derived notions of 'unreality' (that is, of unlikeness to the Primary World), of freedom from the dominion of 'observed fact,' in short of the fantastic. I am thus not only aware but glad of the etymological and semantic connexions of fantasy with fantastic: with images of things that are not only 'not actually present,' but which are indeed not to be found in our primary world at all, or are generally believed not to be found there. But while admitting that, I do not assent to the depreciative tone. That the images are of things not in the primary world (if that indeed is possible) is, I think, not a lower but a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most Potent.

Fantasy, of course, starts out with an advantage: arresting strangeness. But that advantage has been turned against it, and has contributed to its disrepute. Many people dislike being 'arrested.' They dislike any meddling with the Primary World, or such small glimpses of it as are familiar to them. They, therefore, stupidly and even maliciously ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Creative Writers quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien
As far as life is concerned, there is no such thing as "Nature". There are only homes. Home is that environment to which the individual has become adapted; and almost everything is unnatural outside his range of adaptation. Harmonious equilibrium with nature is an abstract concept with a Platonic beauty but lacking the flesh and blood of life. It fails, in particular, to convey the creative emergent quality of human existence. ~ Rene Dubos
Creative Writers quotes by Rene Dubos
Read a ton, write every day if you can, and don't mimic another writer's style. Find your own voice. ~ James Patterson
Creative Writers quotes by James Patterson
Men like women who write, even though they don't say so. A writer is a foreign country. ~ Marguerite Duras
Creative Writers quotes by Marguerite Duras
Quit using your creative power to formulate questions. You can just as easily - more easily - use it to formulate answers. ~ Alan Cohen
Creative Writers quotes by Alan Cohen
The day Stamp Paid saw the two backs through the window and then hurried down the steps, he believed the undecipherable language clamoring around the house was the mumbling of the black and angry dead. Very few had died in bed, like Baby Suggs, and none that he knew of, including Baby, had lived a livable life. Even the educated colored: the long-school people, the doctors, the teachers, the paper-writers and businessmen had a hard row to hoe. In addition to having to use their heads to get ahead, they had the weight of the whole race sitting there. You needed two heads for that. Whitepeople believed that whatever the manners, under every dark skin was a jungle. Swift unnavigable waters, swinging screaming baboons, sleeping snakes, red gums ready for their sweet white blood. ~ Toni Morrison
Creative Writers quotes by Toni Morrison
Was the dividing line between life and fiction as hazy for other people as it was for a writer? ~ Dean Koontz
Creative Writers quotes by Dean Koontz
When the work is the best work, it's more like being a secretary than it is a creative person, you just sort of take the stuff down. ~ Stephen King
Creative Writers quotes by Stephen King
That a work of creation struggles and insistently demands to be brought into being is a fact that no genuine artist would think of denying. ~ Dorothy L. Sayers
Creative Writers quotes by Dorothy L. Sayers
Don't be afraid of what you're creating. ~ Christy Hall
Creative Writers quotes by Christy Hall
[Homeschooling] ... recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons. ~ Raymond S. Moore
Creative Writers quotes by Raymond S. Moore
I've always said I'm more influenced in what I do by artists, and how they work, how they think, and the freedom they're given to work and think, than I really am by other writers. ~ James Frey
Creative Writers quotes by James Frey
A critic is not a creative artist, is a commenter, a midwife of creativity, but not creative himself. ~ Terry Teachout
Creative Writers quotes by Terry Teachout
Directly after Rock Hudson's death came the fears that gay writers and actors and directors would be denied jobs; who knew if they would live long enough to finish a feature film or television series? And would the unions force directors to give blood tests and ban actors who tested positive? ~ Michael Shnayerson
Creative Writers quotes by Michael Shnayerson
Geeks like to make things. Indeed, the drive to create is an intrinsic geeky quality (right up there with loving genre fiction and drinking too much Mountain Dew). And while many geeks may not think of themselves as creative in an artistic sense, most geeky pursuits--from rolling up a new D&D character to assembling the LEGO Star Wars Death Star kit (you know, the one with all the cool minifigures)--are acts of creation. ~ Ken Denmead
Creative Writers quotes by Ken Denmead
Writers don't seem to benefit much by the advance of science, although they thrive on superstitions of all kinds. ~ Northrop Frye
Creative Writers quotes by Northrop Frye
The conference is geared to people who enjoy meaningful discussions and sometimes "move a conversation to a deeper level, only to find out we are the only ones there." . . . When it's my turn, I talk about how I've never been in a group environment in which I didn't feel obliged to present an unnaturally rah-rah version of myself. . . .

Scientists can easily report on the behavior of extroverts, who can often be found laughing, talking, or gesticulating. But "if a person is standing in the corner of a room, you can attribute about fifteen motivations to that person. But you don't really know what's going on inside." . . .

So what is the inner behavior of people whose most visible feature is that when you take them to a party they aren't very pleased about it? . . .

The highly sensitive tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive . . . . They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions--sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear.

Highly sensitive people also process information about their environments--both physical and emotional--unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss--another person's shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too b ~ Susan Cain
Creative Writers quotes by Susan Cain
They get the same rush from a well-executed trade that a writer finds in a well-turned paragraph - not because there's money in it, necessarily, but because it takes technical skill and some measure of creative thinking to pull off. ~ Anonymous
Creative Writers quotes by Anonymous
Every writer knows that words are the enemy. ~ Marty Rubin
Creative Writers quotes by Marty Rubin
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