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#1. When you work on a book and you have planned everything out and you are putting flesh to an idea and a surmise that before was mainly bones something funny happens. Your brain goes into an altered state where the words you write are not quite the words you want but rather the words dictated by the task at hand. - Author: David Amerland
Writing Life quotes by David Amerland
#2. I became a physicist to understand the world, then I became a writer to try and change it. - Author: Carla H. Krueger
Writing Life quotes by Carla H. Krueger
#3. Thankfully existing only in SMALL pockets within our discipline, is "intellectual" snobbery. It's a hushed but ugly truth that people are made to feel not worthy to be among a certain set – didn't attend the right school or don't have the requisite abbreviations to follow their name. I know what that feels like. Good thing I'm pigheaded, have a bigger vision and committed to my craft, or I would've succumbed to it long ago. That is why when I meet an emerging writer who's serious about developing their craft, I try to encourage them as much as I can. I say IGNORE the highbrow cliques and prove your mettle by growing, accepting balanced feedback and most of all, creating work that will stand the test of time. Period. - Author: Sandra Sealy
Writing Life quotes by Sandra Sealy
#4. So here I am writing my zombie story and my lead character decides to betray me. - Author: Steven Ramirez
Writing Life quotes by Steven Ramirez
#5. Collaborating on a film script involves two people sitting in a room separated by the silence of two minds working together. - Author: Darlene Craviotto
Writing Life quotes by Darlene Craviotto
#6. Sometimes all you want to do is to keep on writing. - Author: Avijeet Das
Writing Life quotes by Avijeet Das
#7. Writers, by nature, are going to be slightly more delusional than others because we're dreamers, we imagine the unlikely, that's how we create... Rather than hoping my delusion becomes a reality, I'd prefer to keep on being deluded, to dream bigger and to imagine greater. My greater worry would be becoming less delusional . - Author: Rowena Wiseman
Writing Life quotes by Rowena Wiseman
#8. Writing is my joy, is my comfort zone, it strengthens my feeble knees and it frees my troubled heart. - Author: Euginia Herlihy
Writing Life quotes by Euginia Herlihy
#9. Write what you want to write. That's the only advice a writer will ever need. - Author: Chloe Thurlow
Writing Life quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#10. The secret to good writing is to use small words for big ideas, not to use big words for small ideas. - Author: Oliver Markus Malloy
Writing Life quotes by Oliver Markus Malloy
#11. George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again. - Author: Walt Disney Company
Writing Life quotes by Walt Disney Company
#12. My mother had died when I wrote my first book. I was twenty-seven, so it was right at the beginning of my writing life. I don't know if she had lived, if I would have done it, certainly not quite like I did. But, you can't rethink it. You wrote what you wrote, it meant something to other people, and that's your good. - Author: Anne Roiphe
Writing Life quotes by Anne Roiphe
#13. Concentrate on sharpening your memory and peeling your sensibility. Cut every page you write by at least one third. Stop constructing those piffling little similes of yours. Work out what it is you want to say. Then say it in the most direct and vigorous way you can. Eat meat. Drink blook. Give up your social life and don't think you can have friends. Rise in the quiet hours of the night and prick your fingertips and use the blood for ink; that will cure you of persiflage! - Author: Hilary Mantel
Writing Life quotes by Hilary Mantel
#14. Only my characters truly know what's going on - I just hold the pen. - Author: Sandra J. Jackson
Writing Life quotes by Sandra J. Jackson
#15. No one ever does the last thing on their list. - Author: Ariel Gore
Writing Life quotes by Ariel Gore
#16. The Page awaits the Inspiration even as Inspiration roams the world of man, seeking a Page upon which to unfurl itself, body and soul, bare yet clothed in immortality if not immediacy.
And the gods said, "Let there be a Page, and many a Page," and there was a Book. And we saw that the Book was good. - Author: Chila Woychik
Writing Life quotes by Chila Woychik
#17. If a book can save - redeem us from the mediocrity of the mundane - surely, there must be a God. - Author: Chila Woychik
Writing Life quotes by Chila Woychik
#18. A writer writes. There are no exceptions to this reality. No excuses. Stop wasting time talking about your stories and get them on paper. - Author: Christy Hall
Writing Life quotes by Christy Hall
#19. A direct relationship exists between the caliber of the writing you read and the caliber of the writing you make. - Author: Robert Benson
Writing Life quotes by Robert Benson
#20. The serious writer was aware of a paradox at the heart of his art: his inner world, the place of the strongest stories, was infinite, but it was also embedded in – if this was possible! – an even more infinite universe of all things to write about. It was like seeing the Grand Canyon from outer space – a huge gorge that looked like a thin trickle, impossible to miss, hard to hit. - Author: Marcus Speh
Writing Life quotes by Marcus Speh
#21. Some want to be writers when life permits it. There is no part-time in being a writer. It's an all-in way of living your life through words and feelings scratched out with a pen. - Author: Jason E. Hodges
Writing Life quotes by Jason E. Hodges
#22. While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism. - Author: Tiffany Madison
Writing Life quotes by Tiffany Madison
#23. Writers are people who write. By and large, they are not happy people. They're not good at relationships. Often they're drunks. And writing - good writing - does not get easier and easier with practice. It gets harder and harder - so that eventually the writer must stall out into silence. The silence that waits for every writer and that, inevitably, if only with death, the writer must fall into is angst-ridden and terrifying - and often drives us mad. So if you're not a writer, consider yourself fortunate. - Author: Samuel R. Delany
Writing Life quotes by Samuel R. Delany
#24. The next thing most like living one's life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing. - Author: Benjamin Franklin
Writing Life quotes by Benjamin Franklin
#25. A person frequently writes in order to escape madness and crushing despondency by culling moral lesson and healing growth serum from personal experiences. Akin to riders on a storm, and a dog without a bone, we only come to understand our limits by enduring suffering. Only by deliberately confronting the essential facts of life does a person come to understand humanity. Without suffering the full brunt of love, sorrow, pain, illness, death, and accepting the relentless march of time a person never comes to know anything at all regarding the wonderful mystery of life. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#26. When a writer dies, he becomes his books. - Author: Jorge Luis Borges
Writing Life quotes by Jorge Luis Borges
#27. As a writer, the main skill you need is curiosity. As a reader, the main tool you need is open-mindedness. - Author: Gloria D. Gonsalves
Writing Life quotes by Gloria D. Gonsalves
#28. I felt condemned to obscurity and to celibacy. But when one is driven by passion, one can live on almost nothing, and I was driven by passion for writing. One does not starve in modern, Western societies, and one can do without such amenities as the telephone, a car, entertainment. - Author: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Writing Life quotes by Alain Robbe-Grillet
#29. It's a difficult path that we tread, us Indie self-publishers, but we're not alone. How many bands practicing in their dad's garage have heard of a group from the neighbourhood who got signed by a recording company? Or how many artists who love to paint, but are not really getting anywhere with it hear of someone they went to art school with being offered an exhibition in a gallery? How many chefs who love to get creative around food hear of someone else who's just landed a job with Marco Pierre White?
There's no difference between us and them. There is, however, a huge difference in how everyone else perceives the writer. And there's a huge difference between all of us – the writers, the musicians, the composers, the chefs, the dance choreographers and to a certain extent the tradesmen - and the rest of society in that no one understands us. It's a wretched dream to hope that our creativity gets recognised while our family thinks we're wasting our time when the lawn needs mowing, the deck needs painting and the bedroom needs decorating.
It's acceptable to go into the garage to tinker about with a motorbike, but it's a waste of a good Sunday afternoon if you go into the garage and practice your guitar, or sit in your study attempting to capture words that have been floating around your brain forever. - Author: Karl Wiggins
Writing Life quotes by Karl Wiggins
#30. I began my writing life as a poet, so poetry has always been fundamental. I evolved from poetry to journalism to stories to novels. But poetry was always there. - Author: Ben Okri
Writing Life quotes by Ben Okri
#31. My mind is a forest fire. - Author: Christina Strigas
Writing Life quotes by Christina Strigas
#32. I have always been considered a bit of an outsider, and a general failure at everything I put my hand towards. In fact, you might even go so far as to say that I'm a lesser being of great insignificance! I state this because, when writing a story, you should always start the first line off with at least one basic truth.
-First lines from the novel Sukiyaki - Author: Andrew James Pritchard
Writing Life quotes by Andrew James Pritchard
#33. Whether you're conducting phone interviews or simply need to hear yourself think, privacy is an extremely important variable in the writing life. - Author: Sage Cohen
Writing Life quotes by Sage Cohen
#34. May my mind be clear and my heart pure. - Author: Joanie Schirm
Writing Life quotes by Joanie Schirm
#35. I don't think writers need to be insane. Just crazy. - Author: Rayne Hall
Writing Life quotes by Rayne Hall
#36. Poems must, of course, be written in emotional freedom. Moreover, poems are not language but the content of the language. - Author: Mary Oliver
Writing Life quotes by Mary Oliver
#37. I've always felt a vague sense of guilt that I search for plunder and inspiration in every book or poem or story I pick up. Other people's books are treasures when stories emerge in molten ingots that a writer can shape to fit his or her own talents. Magical theft has always played an important part of my own writer's imagination. - Author: Pat Conroy
Writing Life quotes by Pat Conroy
#38. I began to meditate upon the writer's life. It is full of tribulation. First he must endure poverty and the world's indifference; then, having achieved a measure of success, he must submit to a good grace of its hazards...But he has one compensation, Whenever he has anything on his mind, whether it be a harassing reflection, grief at the death of a friend, unrequited love, wounded pride, anger at the treachery of someone to whom he has shown kindness, in short any emotion or any perplexing thought, he has only to put it down in black and white, using it as a theme of a story or the decoration of an essay, to forget all about it. He is the only free man. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Writing Life quotes by W. Somerset Maugham
#39. Grab a pen and your turf will have no limits. - Author: Nadun Lokuliyanage
Writing Life quotes by Nadun Lokuliyanage
#40. Writing is supposed to be difficult, agonizing, a dreadful exercise, a terrible occupation. - Author: Ray Bradbury
Writing Life quotes by Ray Bradbury
#41. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material ... .. - Author: John Steinbeck
Writing Life quotes by John Steinbeck
#42. People should think that being a writer is cool. Even if you're just a starving writer. Besides, most great writers were starving at one point or another. It comes with the title. - Author: Zack Love
Writing Life quotes by Zack Love
#43. Write a daily gratitude. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#44. A dream is like a first draft.
No one will ever see it but you. - Author: T.N. Suarez
Writing Life quotes by T.N. Suarez
#45. New York is perfect. Just the way it is. In all its imperfection. - Author: Christy Hall
Writing Life quotes by Christy Hall
#46. But the writing life, it turned out, was difficult. It wasn't like you could sit down and flip a switch and crank on the ventilation system. Sometimes it didn't work, and sometimes you couldn't even find the switch. - Author: Jeanne Marie Laskas
Writing Life quotes by Jeanne Marie Laskas
#47. It's hell writing and it's hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written. - Author: Robert Hass
Writing Life quotes by Robert Hass
#48. Pivotal to a happy writing life is a practice of daily personal writing. - Author: Julia Cameron
Writing Life quotes by Julia Cameron
#49. Autobiographical writing acts as a timeless testament to each person's epic record of adventure, heartache, road to perdition, and achievement of a spiritual life devoid of the consternation, trepidation, foreboding fear, and inconsolably hankering for what is unattainable for humankind. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#50. Writing is part of life, but it is not part of the ordinary busyness of life. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#51. Writing the story of your own life is a bit like drilling your own teeth. - Author: Gloria Swanson
Writing Life quotes by Gloria Swanson
#52. Shigure: G'morning.
Tohru: Good morning!
Yuki: Um, Shigure, it's night. Why don't you get a normal sleep pattern?
Shigure: I became an author so I wouldn't have to. - Author: Natsuki Takaya
Writing Life quotes by Natsuki Takaya
#53. Only a writer holds conversations between people that don't exist. We don't talk to ourselves. We talk to people we created from nothing.
#FromTheInternet #AuthorUnknown - Author: Unknown
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#54. When writing a book what is more important? Grammar and spelling or telling a great story? I know which I would choose. - Author: Samuel Colbran
Writing Life quotes by Samuel Colbran
#55. MFA in a Box is designed to help you to find the courage to put truth into words and to understand that writing is a life-and-death endeavor - but that nothing about a life-and-death endeavor keeps it from being laugh-out-loud funny. - Author: John Rember
Writing Life quotes by John Rember
#56. At least I understood that writing was this: an impulse to share with other people a feeling or truth that I myself had. Not to preach to them, but to give it to them if they cared to hear it. - Author: Brenda Ueland
Writing Life quotes by Brenda Ueland
#57. A key to a long, productive writing life is finding ways to support that life, emotionally and existentially. - Author: Eric Maisel
Writing Life quotes by Eric Maisel
#58. All my children inspire me in life, and that always comes out in the writing. - Author: Paul Weller
Writing Life quotes by Paul Weller
#59. When reading a book, one hopes it doesn't turn into a painful process. Predictable is bad enough. Laborious is acceptable if the labor produces fruit. But with painfully bad writing, all one can do is grab a hatchet, slice off its head, and bury it. - Author: Chila Woychik
Writing Life quotes by Chila Woychik
#60. Come now, I was not about to let that thing eat you. - Author: Stacy Buck
Writing Life quotes by Stacy Buck
#61. Writing is like a religion to those who don't practise, an act of faith for those who do. - Author: Chloe Thurlow
Writing Life quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#62. When I talk about a writing life, I'm talking about a life in which writing is the dominant response to living. - Author: Julia Cameron
Writing Life quotes by Julia Cameron
#63. Whenever I have endured or accomplished some difficult task
such as watching television, going out socially or sleeping
I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something. - Author: Isaac Asimov
Writing Life quotes by Isaac Asimov
#64. Until you begin to write, then you see wonders. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#65. I am with fire between my teeth and still nothing but my blank page. - Author: Monique Wittig
Writing Life quotes by Monique Wittig
#66. As an outsider I was free to pick my own literary traditions, to build my own system of literary values. - Author: Dubravka Ugresic
Writing Life quotes by Dubravka Ugresic
#67. If your written words become literal nails to crucify you with, then you have done your job well. You provoked a reaction, whether it is positive or negative is irrelevant. Writing that evokes no reaction is a body without a soul. - Author: Stewart Stafford
Writing Life quotes by Stewart Stafford
#68. Who thought up the dumb idea to arrange the memoir section in the bookstore by subject? - Author: Slash Coleman
Writing Life quotes by Slash Coleman
#69. People cannot escape the looming specter of a deathwatch and the imposing emptiness that comes with the termination of their existence. People resist going silently into the night. We seek to howl at the moon and make known our search for a diagrammatic overture that voices our unquantifiable existence. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#70. Did you think you could have the good without the evil? Did you think you could have the joy without the sorrow? ... I have been thinking much about pain. How could I help it? ... Sooner or later, regardless of the wit of man, we have pain to face; a reality; a final inescapable, immutable fact of life. What poor souls, if we have then no philosophy to face it with! This pain will not last; it never has lasted. I'll think about what I am going to write tomorrow-not about me, not about my body. - Author: Ray Stannard Baker
Writing Life quotes by Ray Stannard Baker
#71. A writer's tools are desperation, humiliation, loneliness, love, affection, heartache, happiness, glee, defeat, victory, setbacks, and a desire for personal redemption. People with the experience to know of such things relate that in order to write one must suffer an alleyway of anguish, and experience an array of physical and emotional pain. More than anything else, emotional growth, and writing are each reflective of the immeasurable gain accomplished through studious reflection. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#72. People who make snide comments to authors like "anyone can write a book" or "well, you did it, so obviously I can/it can't be that hard" or poke at a book because it's "romance" or "genre fiction" and act like that somehow makes it substandard because they don't read it ... well, ok, go ahead. Write a bestseller. Don't forget to go through the correct edit process. We'll wait. - Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Writing Life quotes by Michelle M. Pillow
#73. On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. - Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless. - Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is. Write the book you would like to read. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. But write. And remember, there are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn't help you. Do it your own way. - Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write. - The world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you won't write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any. Good luck. - Author: Anne Rice
Writing Life quotes by Anne Rice
#74. It was dawning on me how uphill a poet's path was, and I confessed to her that if I had to be the choice between being happy or being a poet, I'd choose to be happy. - Author: Mary Karr
Writing Life quotes by Mary Karr
#75. Research is a wonderful word for writers. It serves as excuse for EVERYTHING - Author: Rayne Hall
Writing Life quotes by Rayne Hall
#76. The divine thoughts comes from God, we are only vessel for its transmission. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#77. The inspired words, which flush my mind, come from a higher power! - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#78. I've never yet run out of ideas what to write about ... only out of time to write it in. - Author: Rayne Hall
Writing Life quotes by Rayne Hall
#79. He cut away the insignificant and incidental. Those bits were tossed
away from the juicy core pieces. He slid the excess tissue and tendons away and reorganized the good bits on his plate. Those pieces were translated into words and catchy phrases and assembled like a new life. - Author: Jeffry R. Halverson
Writing Life quotes by Jeffry R. Halverson
#80. ..here's the editor's prescription, writer: 1000 words daily until next checkup. - Author: Rob Bignell, Editor
Writing Life quotes by Rob Bignell, Editor
#81. However, just like any line of work, writing is a negotiation, and creative control is as elusive as financial stability. I discovered that writing could be like cleaning carpets or working in a factory: just a meaningless production of words. - Author: Alice Driver
Writing Life quotes by Alice Driver
#82. Athletes take care of their bodies. Writers must similarly take care of the sensibility that houses the possibility of poems. There is nourishment in books, other art, history, philosophies - in holiness and in mirth. It is in honest hands-on labor also; I don't mean to indicate
a preference for the scholarly life. And it is in the green world - among people, and animals, and trees for that matter, if one genuinely cares about trees. - Author: Mary Oliver
Writing Life quotes by Mary Oliver
#83. I'm an author. We don't want to lead. We don't need to follow. We stay home and make stuff up and write it down and send it out into the world, and get inside people's heads. Perhaps we change the world and perhaps we don't. We never know. We just make stuff up. - Author: Neil Gaiman
Writing Life quotes by Neil Gaiman
#84. America takes her writers too seriously. - Author: Kingsley Amis
Writing Life quotes by Kingsley Amis
#85. I read your diary. I KNOW. - Author: Mary Papas
Writing Life quotes by Mary Papas
#86. My life is, in a sense, trash. My life is only that of which the residue is my writing. - Author: John Updike
Writing Life quotes by John Updike
#87. I don't think you can reach your potential as a writer unless you're a passionate reader, AND read passionately. - Author: Michelle D. Kwasney
Writing Life quotes by Michelle D. Kwasney
#88. The highest kind of writing - which must not be confused with
the most ambitious kind ... belongs to the realm of grace. Talent is
part of it, certainly; a thorough understanding of the secret laws,
absolutely. But finding the subject and theme which is in perfect
harmony with your deepest nature, your forgotten selves, your hidden
dreams, and the full unresonated essence of your life - now that
cannot be reached through searching, nor can it be stumbled upon
through ambition. That sort of serendipity comes upon you on a
lucky day. It may emerge even out of misfortune or defeat. You may
happen upon it without realising that this is the work through
which your whole life will sing. We should always be ready. We
should always be humble. Creativity should always be a form of
prayer. - Author: Ben Okri
Writing Life quotes by Ben Okri
#89. Fear is the major cargo that American writers must stow away when the writing life calls them into its carefully chosen ranks. - Author: Pat Conroy
Writing Life quotes by Pat Conroy
#90. I felt that not only in my book but in novels in general there was something that truly agitated me, a bare and throbbing heart ... But was that what I wanted? To write, to write with purpose, to write better than I had already? And to study the stories of the past and the present to understand how they worked, and to learn, learn everything about the world with the sole purpose of constructing living hearts ... - Author: Elena Ferrante
Writing Life quotes by Elena Ferrante
#91. Your first written sentence is the foundation of all of your dreams. - Author: Rob Bignell, Editor
Writing Life quotes by Rob Bignell, Editor
#92. Here's one prophecy the writer can make - you'll never be rich and you'll probably be poor. - Author: Chloe Thurlow
Writing Life quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#93. Everyone, except a writer, thinks writing is easy.
Writing is tough. Being a disciplined writer is tougher. - Author: Tarang Sinha
Writing Life quotes by Tarang Sinha
#94. As I've moved through life, I've found that I like things to be as casual and as spontaneous as possible when writing. - Author: Les Claypool
Writing Life quotes by Les Claypool
#95. What nobody tells you is that spending an entire day being paid to do something you love is sometimes a lot less fun than spending an entire day doing something you love for free. - Author: Allison K. Williams
Writing Life quotes by Allison K. Williams
#96. To strive in life; we must either read or write a story. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#97. The writing life is a secret life, wither we admit it or not. - Author: Jayne Anne Phillips
Writing Life quotes by Jayne Anne Phillips
#98. In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are. - Author: Gore Vidal
Writing Life quotes by Gore Vidal
#99. Journalism, to me, is just another drug – a free ride to scenes I'd probably miss if I stayed straight. But I'm neither a chemist nor an editor; all I do is take the pill or the assignment and see what happens. Now and then I get a bad trip, but experience has made me more careful about what I buy... so if you have a good pill I'm open; I'll try almost anything that hasn't bitten me in the past. - Author: Hunter S. Thompson
Writing Life quotes by Hunter S. Thompson
#100. Nothing makes you feel smaller than New York City ... - Author: Christy Hall
Writing Life quotes by Christy Hall
#101. Manuscript rejections might tempt you to quit writing or querying.
Don't. - Author: T.N. Suarez
Writing Life quotes by T.N. Suarez
#102. Writing fiction is not a profession that leaves one well-disposed toward reading fiction. One starts out loving books and stories, and then one becomes jaded and increasingly hard to please. I read less and less fiction these days, finding the buzz and the joy I used to get from fiction in ever stranger works of non-fiction, or poetry. - Author: Neil Gaiman
Writing Life quotes by Neil Gaiman
#103. Alertness is a requirement of the writing life, staying nimble on your feet, open to the stories that will rise up and flower around you while you are walking your dog on the beach or taking the kids to soccer practice. The great stories often make their approach with misdirection, camouflage, or smoke screens to hide their passage through your life. - Author: Pat Conroy
Writing Life quotes by Pat Conroy
#104. Very early on, near the beginning of my writing life, I came to believe that I had to seize on some object outside of literature. Writing as a sylistic exercise seemed barren to me. Poetry as the art of the word made me yawn. I also understood that I couldn't sustain myself very long on the poems of others. I had to go out from myself and literature, look around in the world and lay hold of other spheres of reality. - Author: Zbigniew Herbert
Writing Life quotes by Zbigniew Herbert
#105. At least in my case, a very simple, regular, happy life makes for better writing. - Author: Lauren Groff
Writing Life quotes by Lauren Groff
#106. Sometimes we dream of things that we've always wanted
of things that we have been searching for our whole lives without knowing it ... and other times we wake up and know what we have to do. I have to write ... so I do. - Author: Cassandra Giovanni
Writing Life quotes by Cassandra Giovanni
#107. The misnomer is that satirists are pessimists, or even misanthropes, but usually it is just a way to unlock human potential. - Author: Marietta Rodgers
Writing Life quotes by Marietta Rodgers
#108. I feel the most alive when I write. - Author: Kristy Brown
Writing Life quotes by Kristy Brown
#109. Real-life duties eat valuable writing time. - Author: Rayne Hall
Writing Life quotes by Rayne Hall
#110. If we are interested in a writing life - as opposed to a writing career - then we are in it for the process and not the product - for the body of work and not for the quick hit of one well-realised piece. - Author: Julia Cameron
Writing Life quotes by Julia Cameron
#111. I can tell you that the writing of a book, no matter how deeply, profoundly personal-if it is literature, if you have attended to the formidable task of illumination the human heart in conflict with itself-will do the opposite of expose you. It will connect you. With others. With the world around you. With yourself. - Author: Dani Shapiro
Writing Life quotes by Dani Shapiro
#112. Writing starts with living. - Author: L.L. Barkat
Writing Life quotes by L.L. Barkat
#113. Drafting is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge.
The closer you get to the end, the more you start to worry about the beginning. - Author: Peter James West
Writing Life quotes by Peter James West
#114. I read the novel I had been writing for several months with an odd sense that it was the work of a stranger. I usually work in the dead hours of night and surprising the manuscript mid-morning revealed the flaws and excesses it was trying to conceal. - Author: Chloe Thurlow
Writing Life quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#115. I believe that, for those who love to write, time spent writing is never wasted. And then isn't it from book to book that we approach the book that we really want to write? - Author: Elena Ferrante
Writing Life quotes by Elena Ferrante
#116. It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written. - Author: Stephen King
Writing Life quotes by Stephen King
#117. In reading we live hundreds lives, in writing we live thousands of lives. - Author: R.M. Donaldson
Writing Life quotes by R.M. Donaldson
#118. It's a strange irony that most people who are truly creative don't really know where their ideas come from. To be a writer, just like all crafts, is an art form. You can take evening classes in writing at the local library, where you go along every Tuesday night and read out your weekly piece, and that can serve to improve your expertise a little, but to be a Wrong Planet writer you have to first of all be an artist. The art of searching for words radiates from deep inside the writer, and I truly feel that when a true writer is sitting quietly at his desk his movements are beautifully interwoven. His breathing will even come with an effortless grace. The ability to move fluidly in his study in this manner begins with a truly intuitive knowledge, although if the truth were known, there's a little bit of insanity in the writer that does everyone an awful lot of good. - Author: Karl Wiggins
Writing Life quotes by Karl Wiggins
#119. My plan was to never get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things. Nabokov didn't even fold his own umbrella. Vera licked his stamps for him. - Author: Jenny Offill
Writing Life quotes by Jenny Offill
#120. You have a great advantage as a writer, Monsieur,' said Poirot. 'You can relieve your feelings by expedient of the printed word. You have the power of the pen over your enemies. - Author: Agatha Christie
Writing Life quotes by Agatha Christie
#121. I shall wish her well and be the first to welcome her to "the writing life," which, despite its horrors, is possibly one of the few sorts of lives worth living at all. - Author: Julie Schumacher
Writing Life quotes by Julie Schumacher
#122. Imagination, curiosity, passion, creativity these are the words that move me! - Author: Samuel Colbran
Writing Life quotes by Samuel Colbran
#123. No art ever came out of not risking your neck. - Author: Eudora Welty
Writing Life quotes by Eudora Welty
#124. I think if you want to make a recipe for making a writer, have them feel a little out of place everywhere, have them be an observer kind of all the time. - Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Writing Life quotes by Lin-Manuel Miranda
#125. Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, or making friends. It's about doing what you love the best you know how. It's about making a heart pound in fear, shrink from rage, weep with understanding, or soar with excitement. It's about making worlds and living in them deeply enough someone else can join you there. It's about life changed to words, words changed to life, over and over and over again. It's about giving. - Author: Billie Sue Mosiman
Writing Life quotes by Billie Sue Mosiman
#126. Receiving very little or no feedback from my writing I really don't know if people like it or if they are actually reading any of my work for that matter. Still I will continue to write regardless. I suppose it is similar to people who talk just to hear their own voice. I write simply to see my own thoughts in print. - Author: Andrew James Pritchard
Writing Life quotes by Andrew James Pritchard
#127. I'm not trying as a writer to be smart or to understand the inner workings of my narrator, I'm trying to survive the typing of this story. - Author: Ron Carlson
Writing Life quotes by Ron Carlson
#128. Process is nothing; erase your tracks. The path is not the work. I hope your tracks have grown over; I hope birds ate the crumbs; I hope you will toss it all and not look back. - Author: Annie Dillard
Writing Life quotes by Annie Dillard
#129. You know you're a mom when you open the door to the dishwasher mid-cycle and think, 'This is the closest I'm going to get to a spa treatment till next Mother's Day.'"

"Joining the words 'Lose Weight, Effortlessly!' in the same sentence may be a form of hate speech."

"Try to make time for the things that are important, not just the things that are urgent."

"I want my work to matter, my words to count for the good, and to spread some good cheer along the way. - Author: Judy Gruen
Writing Life quotes by Judy Gruen
#130. What power--what importance--lies in the blank lines of an open notebook. Go and fill yours. Then share. - Author: Penny Kittle
Writing Life quotes by Penny Kittle
#131. When writers who are just starting out ask me when it gets easier, my answer is never. It never gets easier. I don't want to scare them, so I rarely say more than that, but the truth is that, if anything, it gets harder. The writing life isn't just filled with predictable uncertainties but with the awareness that we are always starting over again. That everything we ever write will be flawed. We may have written one book, or many, but all we know - if we know anything at all - is how to write the book we're writing. All novels are failures. Perfection itself would be a failure. All we can hope is that we will fail better. That we won't succumb to fear of the unknown. That we will not fall prey to the easy enchantments of repeating what may have worked in the past. I try to remember that the job - as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy - of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it. To be birthed by it. Each time we come to the end of a piece of work, we have failed as we have leapt - spectacularly, brazenly - into the unknown. - Author: Dani Shapiro
Writing Life quotes by Dani Shapiro
#132. Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration - it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done. - Author: Tim Kreider
Writing Life quotes by Tim Kreider
#133. Putting a book together is interesting and exhilarating. It is sufficiently difficult and complex and it engages all your intelligence. It is life at its most free. Your freedom as a writer is not freedom of expression in the sense of wild blurting; you may not let it rip. It is life at its most free, if you are fortunate enough to be able to try it, because you select your materials, invent your task, and pace yourself. - Author: Annie Dillard
Writing Life quotes by Annie Dillard
#134. When I am grown up I shall carry a notebook - a fat book with many pages, methodically lettered. I shall enter my phrases. - Author: Virginia Woolf
Writing Life quotes by Virginia Woolf
#135. Forget how long the path to finishing your story. Address only what you have to write today. - Author: Martha Alderson
Writing Life quotes by Martha Alderson
#136. Because.
Everything
worth anything
takes time. - Author: Christy Hall
Writing Life quotes by Christy Hall
#137. This book is, in a way, a scrapbook of my writing life. From shopping the cathedral flea market in Barcelona with David Sedaris to having drinks at Cognac with Nora Ephron just months before she died. To the years of sporadic correspondence I had with Thom Jones and Ira Levin. I've stalked my share of mentors, asking for advice.
Therefore, if you came back another day and asked me to teach you, I'd tell you that becoming an author involves more than talent and skill. I've known fantastic writers who never finished a project. And writers who launched incredible ideas, then never fully executed them. And I've seen writers who sold a single book and became so disillusioned by the process that they never wrote another. I'd paraphrase the writer Joy Williams, who says that writers must be smart enough to hatch a brilliant idea - but dull enough to research it, keyboard it, edit and re-edit it, market the manuscript, revise it, revise it, re-revise it, review the copy edit, proofread the typeset galleys, slog through the interviews and write the essays to promote it, and finally to show up in a dozen cities and autograph copies for thousands or tens of thousands of people…
And then I'd tell you, "Now get off my porch."
But if you came back to me a third time, I'd say, "Kid…" I'd say, "Don't say I didn't warn you. - Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Writing Life quotes by Chuck Palahniuk
#138. Writing the story of their own life allows the author to parse their story into examinable segments while continuing to engage in the act of communion and creation. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#139. I realized I was officially a professional writer when all my plans began with "drink coffee" and ended with "take a nap. - Author: Cassandra Duffy
Writing Life quotes by Cassandra Duffy
#140. You don't have INSOMNIA.
You're a writer with an unfinished book! - Author: T.N. Suarez
Writing Life quotes by T.N. Suarez
#141. For most of my writing life, I've refused to allow myself to believe that writing was a significant form of action. I always felt very uneasy about the fact that all I did was write in a situation as desperate as apartheid South Africa. Whether I was correct or not is a different issue. - Author: Athol Fugard
Writing Life quotes by Athol Fugard
#142. The Four Stages of Writer's Block
W.B. Stage I: I want to write but I can't.
W.B. Stage II: I have to write but I can't.
W.B. Stage I: I don't want to write but I have to.
W.B. Stage I: I don't have time for writing ... and, honestly, I don't feel like writing. - Author: Katerina Stoykova Klemer
Writing Life quotes by Katerina Stoykova Klemer
#143. I really learned how to write from Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, and de Maupassant. - Author: Louis L'Amour
Writing Life quotes by Louis L'Amour
#144. I regret always writing, writing. I gave
my kid the whole plastic bag of marshmallows,
so i could have 20 minutes to write.
I sat at my mother's deathbed, writing.
I did swab her mouth with water, and feel
her pliant tongue enjoy water, then harden
and die. Before I had language,
before I had stories, I wanted to write.
That desire is going away.
I've said what I have to say.
I'll stop and look at things I called
distractions. Become a reader of the world,
no more writer of it. - Author: Maxine Hong Kingston
Writing Life quotes by Maxine Hong Kingston
#145. But very little of it can do more
than start you on your way to the real, unimaginably
difficult goal of writing memorably. That work is done
slowly and in solitude, and it is as improbable as carrying
water in a sieve. - Author: Mary Oliver
Writing Life quotes by Mary Oliver
#146. I've always felt that my relationship to the United States is analogous to a marriage. I love this country. I hate it. I get angry at it. I feel close to it. I'm charmed by it. I'm repelled by it. And it's a marriage that's gone on for let's say at least 50 years of my writing life, and in the course of that, what's happened? It's gotten worse. It's not what it used to be. - Author: Norman Mailer
Writing Life quotes by Norman Mailer
#147. Nothing I had written before 'Mary Poppins' had anything to do with children, and I have always assumed, when I thought about it at all, that she had come out of the same wall of nothingness as the poetry, myth and legend that had absorbed me all my writing life. - Author: P.L. Travers
Writing Life quotes by P.L. Travers
#148. She cured me of my sadness. - Author: Avijeet Das
Writing Life quotes by Avijeet Das
#149. Persistence is worth at least as much as talent. The writing life is not a series of gentle encouragements. It's more like a series of brutal kicks in the teeth. Those who grow a thick enough skin to persevere, survive. Those who do not, do not. - Author: Gardner Dozois
Writing Life quotes by Gardner Dozois
#150. While engaged in automatic writing I strain to create a protective personal haven, ferret out a padded cell where I can rapturously hold court with the voltaic cells of the self. I labor in solitary, transfixed in a suspended state of consciousness. Freewheeling writing creates a bridgeworks to the situs where hidden gems of insight and candid genuineness wait to be unsheathed by the penetrating beam of a reflective mind trolling for inspirational insight. Probing putative desires while contemporaneously fencing with a barrage of suppressed insecurities, requires piercing protective layers of denial and traveling with teratological demons to confront the monstrous self-destructive gene lodged in the deepest recesses of a confused psyche. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#151. The beauty of writing is imagining new endings to a time of darkness, like burning off a morning fog with the heat and clarity of the sun. - Author: J.J. Brown
Writing Life quotes by J.J. Brown
#152. One of the ways to discover our toughness and resiliency is to look back at where we come from. (from Amazon description) - Author: Jeannette Walls
Writing Life quotes by Jeannette Walls
#153. It is infinitely easier to experience an indescribable experience than to describe it. - Author: Kevin Focke
Writing Life quotes by Kevin Focke
#154. Over the years, I've found that I either live life or write about it. I can't seem to do both simultaneously - I have to do it sequentially. When I write incessantly, I lose touch with the issues and passions that fuel the work. But when I get too involved in organizations or movement endeavors, I almost forget that I'm a writer. It's a constant struggle to find a balance between these two worlds - the solitary writing life and the life of a social justice activist. - Author: Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Writing Life quotes by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
#155. I've tried to explain to people that I don't 'love' writing any more than I 'love' breathing. It's something I do and it's something I need. If I thought about it as a love/hate thing, I probably would have quit long ago. And then died. - Author: Allison M. Dickson
Writing Life quotes by Allison M. Dickson
#156. Does talking to yourself in the voice of your fictional character count as being social? - Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Writing Life quotes by Michelle M. Pillow
#157. As a form of body language, when the mind is receptive to the sensory experience, writing speaks the truth about all thoughts and feelings. Now I don't want to be misunderstood here because this isn't a special talent or skill. It's present in all of us. The trick is to discover it, cultivate it and translate it from an internal state to an expressive sensuality. It is truly a creative impulse that unconsciously expresses emotions and can also arouse emotion in the person reading the book. The beauty and harmony of the writer never gets old and there are as many new things to learn each day, as there are varieties of adjectives, nouns and verbs in the world. It is the ultimate way to communicate with your reader. - Author: Karl Wiggins
Writing Life quotes by Karl Wiggins
#158. It's not about the size of your book, It's about the substance in it. - Author: Bernard Kelvin Clive
Writing Life quotes by Bernard Kelvin Clive
#159. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered. - Author: Stephen King
Writing Life quotes by Stephen King
#160. I won't deny that I have a far more productive writing life without the Internet, mostly because I rekindle my ability to concentrate on one thing for a period of longer than three minutes. My curiosity is channeled inward rather than Internet-ward. - Author: Heidi Julavits
Writing Life quotes by Heidi Julavits
#161. Writers haven't got any rockets to blast off. We don't even trundle the most insignificant auxiliary vehicle. We haven't got any military might. So what can literature do in the face of the merciless onslaught of open violence? One word of truth outweighs the whole world. - Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writing Life quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#162. Writing is like breathing underwater. It's really hard to do unless you can imagine yourself a nice set of gills. - Author: Alane Adams
Writing Life quotes by Alane Adams
#163. 'Lonesome Dove' by Larry McMurtry and 'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver have stuck with me throughout my life, and I think that says a lot about an author's writing. - Author: Tess Gerritsen
Writing Life quotes by Tess Gerritsen
#164. It is "vibration" that creates our world. Everyone vibrates. We always utter words in our mind. Thus we create sounds continuously. Frequency differs. Tuning your frequency brings the differences. A good writer has the creativity to polish the broken piano to tune it up in a right tune. Reading their books is the key to choose your favorite frequencies. Now start vibrating and note it down. - Author: Surajit Sarkar
Writing Life quotes by Surajit Sarkar
#165. Every time I complete a major project I reward myself with two full days of just reading and coffee! I do justify that it is my work! - Author: Delia J. Colvin
Writing Life quotes by Delia J. Colvin
#166. Lord I thank you for the wise-words and grace to write. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#167. Why does it seem as if the poorly adjusted people – the misfits and social outsiders – create art and the most sane and rational of the human species make money? Does creating art require a person to tap into the irrational magma of their soul? - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writing Life quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#168. I believe you can consider yourself a successful prose writer when the number of words you put on a page each day is equal to, or greater than, the number of milligrams of mind-altering chemicals you ingest in that day. (Note: this rule does not apply to poets who write in the short-form. You, my boys and girls, are free as birds!) - Author: Roman Payne
Writing Life quotes by Roman Payne
#169. There is nothing harder to estimate than a writer's time, nothing harder to keep track of. There are moments - moments of sustained creation - when his time is fairly valuable; and there are hours and hours when a writer's time isn't worth the paper he is not writing anything on. - Author: E.B. White
Writing Life quotes by E.B. White
#170. Your flesh is not a reflection of your soul. So when you look in the mirror, remember that your light outshines your flaws. - Author: D. Antoinette Foy
Writing Life quotes by D. Antoinette Foy
#171. Who knows why we do it? And when we've done it, nobody wants it. Still we keep doing it. That's what makes a writer a writer. - Author: Chloe Thurlow
Writing Life quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#172. That night I looked Stephanie [Burt] up online and started reading more about her work...I kept encountering a striking factoid...: she's often cited as the most influential poetry critic of her generation. And she's openly trans. This is not the world I was taught I would grow into when I was a young trans child -- the one where transgender people are heard, are brilliant, are influential, are even the best. At anything. Being trans, I'd learned subliminally, was supposed to keep you from being that -- even if you loved your trans self, and even if some other trans people and a few allies did too, the world at large would keep your potential tamped down."

- from "Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry," Original Plumbing Magazine 2014 - Author: Mitch Kellaway
Writing Life quotes by Mitch Kellaway
#173. Writing is the spectrum through which the chaos of life can be seen, studied and understood. - Author: Stewart Stafford
Writing Life quotes by Stewart Stafford
#174. The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail - not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime. - Author: Dani Shapiro
Writing Life quotes by Dani Shapiro
#175. I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world. - Author: Sadako Sasaki
Writing Life quotes by Sadako Sasaki
#176. For better or worse, most of my writing life has been about people that work behind the scenes. I'm interested in finding extraordinary moments in otherwise normal people. - Author: Mark Boal
Writing Life quotes by Mark Boal
#177. One last characteristic of the memoir that is important to recognize is one which also applies to essays, and which Georg Lukacs described as "the process of judging." This may seem problematic to some, since...we connect it with 'judgmental,' often used nowadays as a derogatory word. But the kind of judgment necessary to the good personal essay, or to the memoir, is not that nasty tendency to oversimplify and dismiss other people out of hand but rather the willingness to form and express complex opinions, both positive and negative.

If the charm of memoir is that we, the readers, see the author struggling to understand her past, then we must also see the author trying out opinions she may later shoot down, only to try out others as she takes a position about the meaning of her story. The memoirist need not necessarily know what she thinks about her subject but she must be trying to find out; she may never arrive at a definitive verdict, but she must be willing to share her intellectual and emotional quest for answers. Without this attempt to make a judgment, the voice lacks interest, the stories, becalmed in the doldrums of neutrality, become neither fiction nor memoir, and the reader loses respect for the writer who claims the privilege of being the hero in her own story without meeting her responsibility to pursue meaning. Self revelation without analysis or understanding becomes merely an embarrassment to both reader and writer. - Author: Judith Barrington
Writing Life quotes by Judith Barrington
#178. When a person sets out to learn from others and not to teach others he becomes a true writer. - Author: Carla H. Krueger
Writing Life quotes by Carla H. Krueger
#179. There are times when I can't believe how much ridiculous stuff happens to me and how brilliant it is to be in a position to write about it. - Author: Carla H. Krueger
Writing Life quotes by Carla H. Krueger
#180. But perhaps people who liked to write aways made lists! Just for the fun of it. - Author: Maud Hart Lovelace
Writing Life quotes by Maud Hart Lovelace
#181. I am made of words. When you cut me, I bleed sentences. When you read me, I speak to your soul. - Author: Chloe Thurlow
Writing Life quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#182. It takes three or four years before the present day sinks in to you as a novelist. It has not just to be accepted in the mind but travel down your spine and fill your body and you can't respond immediately to immediate events, there is this incubation period.

Source: http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/25/ma... - Author: Martin Amis
Writing Life quotes by Martin Amis
#183. To wake up every day with a whisper of a dream and then put pen to paper to make it a reality - Author: Samuel Colbran
Writing Life quotes by Samuel Colbran
#184. There are writers who write for fame. And there are writers who write because we need to make sense of the world we live in; writing is a way to clarify, to interpret, to reinvent. We may want our work to be recognized, but that is not the reason we write. We do not write because we must; we always have a choice. We write because language is the way we keep a hold on life. With words we experience our deepest understandings of what it means to be intimate. We communicate to connect, to know community. - Author: Bell Hooks
Writing Life quotes by Bell Hooks
#185. Being blind is the worst possible thing and asking me to read and write no more is torture. - Author: Jessica E. Larsen
Writing Life quotes by Jessica E. Larsen
#186. Delicious days ahead for solitude and writing and, oh yes, the holiday meal with family. Live with my characters until term starts in 2012! - Author: Stella Atrium
Writing Life quotes by Stella Atrium
#187. Writing, for me, makes the world shiver and flame with meaning. - Author: Lauren B. Davis
Writing Life quotes by Lauren B. Davis
#188. When I'm writing, I make words my b*tch. But when I'm editing, the words make me their b*tch. It all equals out in the end. - Author: Richard B. Knight
Writing Life quotes by Richard B. Knight
#189. Since I quit banking, all my major life decisions, when they could, have revolved around writing. - Author: Philipp Meyer
Writing Life quotes by Philipp Meyer
#190. Writing, unfortunately, takes last priority for my time but it's the first priority in my heart I wish I had all the time for. Such is reality. - Author: Veronica Purcell
Writing Life quotes by Veronica Purcell
#191. No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys the writing, even if he doesn't get paid for it. - Author: Irwin Shaw
Writing Life quotes by Irwin Shaw
#192. Life has a vendetta against writers. It does everything in it's power to get in the way of our craft. Maybe it thinks we embellish too much? - Author: Hannah Harding
Writing Life quotes by Hannah Harding
#193. The only man she ever loved. And hated. - Author: Mary Papas
Writing Life quotes by Mary Papas
#194. We write to share the deepest heart-talk of our souls. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#195. I mean, what can you say about how you write your books? What I mean is, first you've got to think of something, and then when you've thought of it you've got to force yourself to sit down and write it. That's all." ~ Mrs. Oliver - Author: Agatha Christie
Writing Life quotes by Agatha Christie
#196. Folding the laundry, completing another project at work, or watching television for the next hour doesn't build your writing muscles. It only leaves them flabby. - Author: Rob Bignell, Editor
Writing Life quotes by Rob Bignell, Editor
#197. Indentations on the page, words, my friends, and I will share them with you. - Author: Victoria Sawyer
Writing Life quotes by Victoria Sawyer
#198. Imagination is a divine mind. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#199. Without a doubt the two best words in the English language are The End - Author: Ken Scott
Writing Life quotes by Ken Scott
#200. Perhaps this is what Henry James meant when he talked about the "irresponsibility" of characters. Characters are irresponsible, art is irresponsible when compared to life, because it is first and foremost important that a character be real, and as readers or watchers we tend to applaud any effort made towards the construction of that reality. We do not, of course, indulge actual people in the world this way at all. In real life, the fact that something seems real to someone is not enough to interest us, or to convince us that that reality is interesting. But the self-reality of fictional characters is deeply engrossing, which is why villains are lovable in literature in ways that they are not in life. - Author: James Wood
Writing Life quotes by James Wood
#201. I've always sort of felt like what the Shins is, I guess, is a vehicle for my writing. - Author: James Mercer
Writing Life quotes by James Mercer
#202. Life has left no marks on him, because he hasn't paid much attention to it. - Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Writing Life quotes by Kurt Vonnegut
#203. The whole of life is symbolic because the whole of it has meaning. - Author: Boris Pasternak
Writing Life quotes by Boris Pasternak
#204. I do have a memo all the time because I need to be guided by something in my life. I'm not religious and I don't have idols, so something has to drive me. - Author: Marina And The Diamonds
Writing Life quotes by Marina And The Diamonds
#205. Days like this I wish I believed in God so I'd have someone other than myself to blame for my life. - Author: Lianne Oelke
Writing Life quotes by Lianne Oelke
#206. Whoever suffers knows the strength of suffering. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#207. The best 45 years of my life were the 5 years I spent with Ton Jones. - Author: Jim Sullivan
Writing Life quotes by Jim Sullivan
#208. Life is short. Live to the fullest as you will not know when you will see the sun rise again. - Author: Letitia Leaw
Writing Life quotes by Letitia Leaw
#209. If you wear black, then kindly, irritating strangers will touch your arm consolingly and inform you that the world keeps on turning.

They're right. It does.

However much you beg it to stop.

It turns and lets grenadine spill over the horizon, sends hard bars of gold through my window and I wake up and feel happy for three seconds and then I remember.

It turns and tips people out of their beds and into their cars, their offices, an avalanche of tiny men and women tumbling through life...

All trying not to think about what's waiting at the bottom.

Sometimes it turns and sends us reeling into each other's arms. We cling tight, excited and laughing, strangers thrown together on a moving funhouse floor.

Intoxicated by the motion we forget all the risks.

And then the world turns...

And somebody falls off...

And oh God it's such a long way down.

Numb with shock, we can only stand and watch as they fall away from us, gradually getting smaller...

Receding in our memories until they're no longer visible.

We gather in cemeteries, tense and silent as if for listening for the impact; the splash of a pebble dropped into a dark well, trying to measure its depth.

Trying to measure how far we have to fall.

No impact comes; no splash. The moment passes. The world turns and we turn away, getting on with our lives...

Wrappi - Author: Alan Moore
Writing Life quotes by Alan Moore
#210. What kind of love demands the life of another? A child at that?"
"Danish love, my sweet. Can't you smell it? - Author: A.J. Hartley
Writing Life quotes by A.J. Hartley
#211. Ayami was her future self or her past self. And she was both, existing at the same time. In that other world, she was both the chicken and the old woman. That was the secret of night and day existing simultaneously. Ayami discovered this through a single movement, bending down to pick up the pebble. And, remembering this simultaneous existence more vividly than she remembered herself, became unable to remember anything else. - Author: Bae Suah
Writing Life quotes by Bae Suah
#212. And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about. - Author: Haruki Murakami
Writing Life quotes by Haruki Murakami
#213. Common sense dictates that a trace gas needed for life on the planet would not be the cause for destroying life on the planet. Common sense dictates that what has happened before without man can happen again with man. Common sense would dictate that you not believe me, or any one else, but go look for YOURSELF. - Author: Joe Bastardi
Writing Life quotes by Joe Bastardi
#214. He wants to lie down like a couple? That's fine - this can be his first experience with the wifely cold shoulder. Welcome to married life, Raahosh. - Author: Ruby Dixon
Writing Life quotes by Ruby Dixon
#215. The bad news is that atoms are fickle and their time of devotion is fleeting - fleeting indeed. Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours. And when that modest milestone flashes past, or at some other point thereabouts, for reasons unknown your atoms will shut you down, silently disassemble, and go off to be other things. And that's it for you. - Author: Bill Bryson
Writing Life quotes by Bill Bryson
#216. The good is the Enemy of the best. Until you depart from the good, you cannot enter God's best for your life. - Author: Pedro Okoro
Writing Life quotes by Pedro Okoro
#217. You have to let kids live their own lives and make their mistakes, but it is difficult now because there are so many things in their lives which weren't in mine - I never had Facebook. And some of the things I see now I'm appalled by. So I'm as nosey about my daughter's life as I can be. I tell her, 'I'm all over you, whether you like it or not.' - Author: Dawn French
Writing Life quotes by Dawn French
#218. Life is really fascinated only by death. It vibrates only when it comes in contact with death. - Author: Elie Wiesel
Writing Life quotes by Elie Wiesel
#219. Give much, demand little. - Author: Debasish Mridha
Writing Life quotes by Debasish Mridha
#220. It's a beautiful life, just as advertised. - Author: Edwin McCain
Writing Life quotes by Edwin McCain
#221. You don't have to be happy to smile. - Author: Daniel Willey
Writing Life quotes by Daniel Willey
#222. That's what makes life so hard for women, that instead of thinking that this is the way things are, we always think it's the way we are. - Author: Anna Quindlen
Writing Life quotes by Anna Quindlen
#223. They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family. - Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Writing Life quotes by Francis Ford Coppola
#224. Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child's life and it's like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities. - Author: Gary Smalley
Writing Life quotes by Gary Smalley
#225. When I look back all is flux, without beginning and flowing towards no end, or none that I shall experience, except as a final full stop. The items of flotsam that I choose to salvage from the general wreckage - and what is a life but a gradual shipwreck? - may take on an aspect of inevitability when I put them on display in their glass showcases, but they are random; representative, perhaps, perhaps compellingly so, but random nonetheless. - Author: John Banville
Writing Life quotes by John Banville
#226. There are some places you can't visit anymore,
poetry and writings take you there. - Author: Vaishal Sheth
Writing Life quotes by Vaishal Sheth
#227. But resurrection is not just consolation - it is restoration. We get it all back - the love, the loved ones, the goods, the beauties of this life - but in new, unimaginable degrees of glory and joy and strength. - Author: Timothy Keller
Writing Life quotes by Timothy Keller
#228. A sing-song of shouts filled the air as the merchants tried to attract buyers. Their voices had that end of the workday lift - a false brilliance composed of the hope that old dreams would be fulfilled, yet coloured by the knowledge that life would not change for them. - Author: Frank Herbert
Writing Life quotes by Frank Herbert
#229. I wished Adam weren't jumping in for his turn.
Because watching Adam wakeboard was not relaxing. He wasn't careful when wakeboarding. Or in general. He was the opposite of careful. His life was one big episode of Jackass. He would do anything on a dare, so the older boys dared him a lot. My role in this game was to run and tell their mom. If I'd been able to run faster when we were kids, I might have saved Adam from a broken arm, several cracked ribs, and a couple of snake bites.
Knowing this, it might not make a lot of sense that Mr. Vader let us wakeboard for the marina. But we'd come to wakeboarding only gradually. When we first started out, it was more like, Look at the very young children on water skis! How adorable. One time the local newspaper ran a photo of me and Adam waterskiing double, each of us holding up an American flag. It's okay for you to gag now. I can take it.
But Mr. Vader was no fool. He understood things changed. After the second time Adam broke his collarbone, Mr. Vader put us under strict orders not to get hurt, because it was bad for business. Customers might not be so eager to buy a wakeboard and all the equipment if they witnessed our watery death. To enforce this rule, the punishment for bleeding in the boat was that we had to clean the boat. Adam cleaned the boat a lot last summer. - Author: Jennifer Echols
Writing Life quotes by Jennifer Echols
#230. The advent of agriculture and civilization caused life expectancy to drop significantly, reaching a low of 18 during the Bronze Age of 3,300 B.C. to 1,200 B.C.. Life expectancy remained low (between 20 and 30) through 1500 A.D. and then climbed only gradually, reaching ~30 in 1800 and ~40-50 in 1900 in the USA and Europe. - Author: Mark Sisson
Writing Life quotes by Mark Sisson
#231. Can you be inside and outside at the same time?
I think this is where I live.
I think this is where most women live.
I know this is where writers live.
Inside to write. Outside to glean. - Author: Terry Tempest Williams
Writing Life quotes by Terry Tempest Williams
#232. The way, the truth and the life. You go on your way through life telling the truth. - Author: Julian Barnes
Writing Life quotes by Julian Barnes
#233. I have a gold bullion and a 'one additional minute for your life' in my hand; as a gift, if you choose the second one, then I say you are a wise person! - Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
Writing Life quotes by Mehmet Murat Ildan
#234. Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. - Author: Bertolt Brecht
Writing Life quotes by Bertolt Brecht
#235. When I write I have no loyalty except to historical truth as I see it and care no more about British achievements and mistakes than any other. - Author: A.J.P. Taylor
Writing Life quotes by A.J.P. Taylor
#236. Notice the people you encounter in this life. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing Life quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#237. There is a view in some philosophical circles that anything that can be understood by people who have not studied philosophy is not profound enough to be worth saying. To the contrary, I suspect that whatever cannot be said clearly is probably not being thought clearly either. - Author: Peter Singer
Writing Life quotes by Peter Singer
#238. What Rose brings to the Doctor's life is completion. It's completing a circle – he's male, he's alien, he's a traveler. Between the two of them together they complement each other and discover each other. And are in love with each other – absolutely, unashamedly, unreservedly. - Author: Russell T. Davies
Writing Life quotes by Russell T. Davies
#239. Jesus says, "No one takes My life from Me. I lay it down" (John 10:18). - Author: Matt Chandler
Writing Life quotes by Matt Chandler
#240. For me, the intent in a song is to sing it. I compose songs, meaning I'm writing words to be set to music; I'm intending it to not be recited. I'm a singer-songwriter, and I'm a poet, and there really isn't a contradiction, at least for me. - Author: Cornelius Eady
Writing Life quotes by Cornelius Eady
#241. If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. - Author: Oprah Winfrey
Writing Life quotes by Oprah Winfrey
#242. Throughout life you will meet one person who is unlike any other. This person is one you could forever talk to. They understand you in a way that no one else does or even could. This person is your soul mate, your best friend. Don't ever let them go, for they're your guardian angel sent from heaven above - Author: Pamela Ann
Writing Life quotes by Pamela Ann
#243. In another life, would you choose me? - Author: Autumn Grey
Writing Life quotes by Autumn Grey
#244. Life shifting, as life does - Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
Writing Life quotes by Luis Alberto Urrea

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