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A.D. Posey
Creativity is nature. Nature is creativity.
A.D. Posey
If you don't think screenwriting is a work of art, good luck in your life without a soul.
A.D. Posey
The best writing speaks when the heart whispers.
A.D. Posey
Fly with a kind heart, a light spirit, and a resilient soul.
A.D. Posey
A loving heart, determination, faith, courage, trust, belief, truth, and a solid soul create the wings with which we fly.
A.D. Posey
Stop making excuses and start making history.
A.D. Posey
Find peace in knowing.
A.D. Posey
Time unfolds beauty, wonder, and mystery to reveal the auspicious tapestry of life.
A.D. Posey
Kind words change the world.
A.D. Posey
Soup is cozy.
A.D. Posey
Comfort yields complacency. Break free.
A.D. Posey
A writer's uniqueness glows and transforms the heart and the soul of a reader.
A.D. Posey
Film gives us a second chance at a first impression.
A.D. Posey
Love is written by the soul.
A.D. Posey
Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in.
A.D. Posey
Always choose love over fear.
A.D. Posey
Find beauty in the madness.
A.D. Posey
Every day, live in a way that honors who you are.
A.D. Posey
Intuition is truth.
A.D. Posey
Drizzle happiness wherever you go.
A.D. Posey
Epiphanies awaken the soul.
A.D. Posey
One day, your light will silence the darkness, and you will be surrounded by the beauty within.
A.D. Posey
Breathe in the beauty all around you.
A.D. Posey
Transform into your dream.
A.D. Posey
Hollywood shines by virtue of light within.
A.D. Posey
The flower doth not worry, and the tree doth not waver.
A.D. Posey
Write what speaks to your soul.
A.D. Posey
Be one with yourself and revel in eternal bliss.
A.D. Posey
A fiery spirit bursts from your soul.
A.D. Posey
Love is alive when there's music in your heart.
A.D. Posey
Explore your own peace.
A.D. Posey
We are the thoughts we choose to keep.
A.D. Posey
We are artists. When we can't find the beauty, we create it.
A.D. Posey
Like a flower, feel yourself rise above and begin to open.
A.D. Posey
Always have class but always kick ass.
A.D. Posey
Be the energy you want others to absorb.
A.D. Posey
Lighten up. Brighten up. Smile.
A.D. Posey
Happiness is individualized. Don't box it in. Let it fly.
A.D. Posey
Good food warms the heart and feeds the soul.
A.D. Posey
Be still in peace and reach your highest peak.
A.D. Posey
A good friend is a healing friend.
A.D. Posey
Chaos is nothing more than beauty about to dance.
A.D. Posey
Music is a writer's heartbeat.
A.D. Posey
Walk into the unknown with what you know in your heart.
A.D. Posey
Writing is like breathing for my soul.
A.D. Posey
Every day is not a day to master but an adventure to experience.
A.D. Posey
Close your eyes. Hear the silent snow. Listen to your soul speak.
A.D. Posey
Love is enough.
A.D. Posey
Take a deep breath. Inhale peace. Exhale happiness.
A.D. Posey
When your heart is open, your eyes see the beauty that is all around you.
A.D. Posey
Life is beauty simply breathing.
A.D. Posey
A pen name is a nickname.
A.D. Posey
Beauty is a heart with wings.
A.D. Posey
Give all of life's oxygen to the fire that is your soul.
A.D. Posey
Believe so brightly that everyone sees the beauty in believing.
A.D. Posey
The gift of knowledge is empowering, but the gift of wisdom is life-changing.
A.D. Posey
Whatever you do, let it be lovely.
A.D. Posey
Our peace is our purpose.
A.D. Posey
Crying cleanses the soul.
A.D. Posey
The personal screenplay- where you dive into the terrifying depths of your soul, unearth the most intimate details about yourself, and put it on paper for the world to see. Proceed with caution, for madness lies ahead.
A.D. Posey
Believe in people, they fly for a day. Teach them to believe in themselves, they soar for a lifetime.
A.D. Posey
I have the heart of an artist and the soul of a writer.
A.D. Posey
Her words are her wings. She's flying.
A.D. Posey
In love there is truth, and in truth there is peace.
A.D. Posey
With grace and beauty, feel.
A.D. Posey
Peace is when we look upon the world together.
A.D. Posey
Love awakens the soul.
A.D. Posey
Vulnerability is the portal to feeling. Feeling is the portal to strength.
A.D. Posey
Writing in the dark is hard, but you have to light your own candle and do it anyway.
A.D. Posey
Life is magic.
A.D. Posey
When is now.
A.D. Posey
Greatness is achieved through kindness, compassion, and love.
A.D. Posey
Love is the answer.
Aberjhani
To create art with all the passion in one's soul is to live art with all the beauty in one's heart.
Alan C. Baird
History isn't written by the winners OR the losers; it's written by the writers.
Albert Camus
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Alberto Moravia
Every true writer is like a bird; he repeats the same song, the same theme, all his life. For me, this theme as always been revolt.
Alessandra Torre
Being a writer all boils down to this: It's you, in a chair, staring at a page. And you're either going to stay in that chair until words are written, or you're going to give up and walk away. The great writers have to fight for their words. They have to choose to write, choose words over distractions, and their characters over their friends. Great writers can be lonely, exhausted souls. But through our characters, we live.
Alice Walker
If you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.
Aljean Harmetz
Writers of fiction embellish reality almost without knowing it.
Amay Saxena
I am a writer and things which don't happen in real world, happen in my world.
Anaïs Nin
A big enough artist, I say, can eat anything, must eat everything and then alchemize it. Only the feeble writer is afraid of expansion.
André Breton
Because of the earth's roundness, Genghis Khan, in the fever of possession and destruction, hastened his own overthrow by invading lands that he had already razed and conquered. Not only is it impossible to know from where we come, but also from whom we come: nothing in common, in any case, with those who pass for being the authors of our days
André Gide
I do not love men: I love what devours them.
Andrea A. Lunsford
...writing surrounds us: it's not something we do just in school or on the job but something that is as familiar and everyday as a pair of worn sneakers or the air we breathe.
Anne Fadiman
Pen-bereavement is a serious matter.
Anne Lamott
Writing like this is a little like milking a cow: the milk is so rich and delicious, and the cow is so glad you did it.
Anne Lamott
You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.
Anne Lamott
The society to which we belong seems to be dying or is already dead. I don't mean to sound dramatic, but clearly the dark side is rising. Things could not have been more odd and frightening in the Middle Ages. But the tradition of artists will continue no matter what form the society takes. And this is another reason to write: people need us, to mirror for them and for each other without distortion-not to look around and say, 'Look at yourselves, you idiots!,' but to say, 'This is who we are.
Anne Lamott
I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do---the actual act of writing---turns out to be the best part. It's like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.
Anne Lamott
Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you're conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.
Anne Lamott
I don't know where to start, one [writing student] will wail. Start with your childhood, I tell them. Plug your nose and jump in, and write down all your memories as truthfully as you can. Flannery O' Connor said that anyone who has survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. Maybe your childhood was grim and horrible, but grim and horrible is Okay if it is well done. Don't worry about doing it well yet, though. Just get it down.
Annie Ernaux
Naturally I feel no shame in writing these things because of the time which separates the moment when they are written--when only I can see them--from the moment when they will be read by other people, a moment which I feel will never come. By then I could have had an accident or died; a war or a revolution could have broken out. This delay makes it possible for me to write today, in the same way I used to lie in the scorching sun for a whole day at sixteen, or make love wihout contraceptives at twenty: without thinking about the consequences
Anthony Liccione
Sometimes it's better for a struggling writer to stay single, than to keep hearing, Oh, your a writer, and you need to spend time in writing? Then go marry your writing!
Anthony Trollope
I have from the first felt sure that the writer, when he sits down to commence his novel, should do so, not because he has to tell a story, but because he has a story to tell. The novelist's first novel will generally have sprung from the right cause.
Ariel Schrag
I thought about how all that mattered, in all entirety, and all I wanted, and all I could see anything being worth anything for, was being a writer.
Arthur Holitscher
I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.
Ava
my strength should not threaten you.my strength is not a threat to your strength.you are strong.you are beautiful.you are lush.you are powerful.as you are.as i am.imagine the force we would be togetherif we lifted each other up.imagine the force we would be togetherif we didn't tear each other down.
Ava
we talk of plans that are going to happen.we talk of the future,as if we know we will last.there is a sort of comfort in that.
AVA.
we talk of plans that are going to happen.we talk of the future, as if we know we will last.there is a sort of comfort in that.
AVA.
i just want to be honest about my feelings without destroying everything.
Avijeet Das
I love the smell of coffee when I wake up in the morning. It gives me the awesome feeling of hope!
Avijeet Das
You call me at 12am or 3am I will pick up your call. Once I make a commitment, I don't go back!
Avijeet Das
I write because there is a madness within me to express my thoughts in words. I write because I feel passionately about certain feelings and there is this yearning within me to express these feelings in words. I am not comfortable meeting a lot of people. I like solitude. I like thinking and I dont like talking much.
Avijeet Das
In retrospect we can only be thankful to all the mistakes that we made and to all the lessons that we learned from them!
Avijeet Das
She has this amazing aura around her which catches you off-guard. A girl's innocence combined with a woman's sensitivity. A charm that is alluring and attractive at the same time.
Avijeet Das
And you must not worry about me. You must follow your dreams. You have your life ahead of you. I am just a wanderer passing by.
Avijeet Das
Tonight is the night of telling our stories. You tell three and I four.
Avijeet Das
She has a beautiful heart that plays a euphonious symphony. She is the Zahir that touches your Soul.
Barbara Kingsolver
I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I'd written.
Barbara W. Tuchman
If the historian will submit himself to his material instead of trying to impose himself on his material, then the material will ultimately speak to him and supply the answers.
Barista Uno
I was driven to go into book writing by the very nature of journalism and blogging. Both are ephemeral. Journalists and bloggers can have humongous egos. But in the end, what they write is really a passing show. I wanted something more lasting
bell hooks
I mostly want to remind her of the recipes of healing, and give her my own made-on-the spot remedy for the easing of her pain. I tell her, Get a pen. Stop crying so you can write this down and start working on it tonight. My remedy is long. But the last item on the list says: When you wake up and find yourself living someplace where there is nobody you love and trust, no community, it is time to leave town
Bernard Malamud
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.(Interview, New York Post Magazine, September 14, 1958)
Bertolt Brecht
People who understand everything get no stories.
Besa Kosova
Writers write while dreamers procastinate.
Besa Kosova
I wasn't born to cook or clean,but to read and write,if you don't like me the way I am,then go fly a kite.
Brian Keene
Good ideas stay with you until you eventually write the story.
C. JoyBell C.
I hope I don't write TOO many books! When I look at authors who have written too many books, I wonder to myself When did they live? I certainly want to write BECAUSE I live! I know I don't want to write in order to live! My writing is an overflow of the wine glass of my life, not a basin in which I wash out my ideals and expectations.
C. JoyBell C.
People have many cruel expectations from writers. People expect novelists to live on a hill with three kids and a spouse, people expect children's story writers to never have sex, and people expect all great poets to be dead. And these are all very difficult expectations to fulfill, I think.
Carmen Johnson
How are you supposed to know what to read next? This is the question that keeps us up at night, so at Day One our mission is to feed an audience of literature-hungry, time-constrained readers like you with a weekly lineup of talented authors, poets, and artists that we believe you will love. And if we can identify some of the next generation of literary stars, and cultivate an appreciation for transformative poetry and fiction, then frankly we will sleep better at night.
Caspar Vega
Personal trainers and writers don't end up in history books.
Chancery Stone
There is a deeper, more profound reason for this craving for acceptance and glory. Put simply, it's because all writers are fat and/or ugly. And generally socially inept. Me being the notable exception, of course. Writers want to be special, because they're so not. They're losers, overgrown kids who've never escaped from being misfits and who have run away into their own imaginations in an attempt to find self-esteem. Why do you think they all star in their own books? Self included.
Charbel Tadros
Thus far, the only people who can grant you immortality are not scientists, but writers. By writing you into their books, they may not only immortalize you, but also grant you superpowers.
Charles Baudelaire
Relate comic things in pompous fashion. Irregularity, in other words the unexpected, the surprising, the astonishing, are essential to and characteristic of beauty. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blasé ears. Imagine a canvas for a lyrical, magical farce, for a pantomime, and translate it into a serious novel. Drown the whole thing in an abnormal, dreamy atmosphere, in the atmosphere of great days … the region of pure poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
He possessed the logic of all good intentions and a knowledge of all the tricks of his trade, and yet he never succeeded at anything, because he believed too much in the impossible. Surprising? Why so? He was forever in the act of conceiving it!
Charles Bukowski
What is your advice to young writers? Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
Charles Bukowski
great writers are indecent peoplethey live unfairlysaving the best part for paper.good human beings save the worldso that bastards like me can keep creating art,become immortal.if you read this after I am deadit means I made it.
Charles Nodier
If you are alone, tell some stories to yourself. This is a different kind of pleasure and it has, indeed, its reward. I have tasted a little of everything, and I have truly never enjoyed anything more.
Charles Nodier
But if what interests you are stories of the fantastic, I must warn you that this kind of story demands more art and judgment than is ordinarily imagined.
Charlotte Brontë
Writers cannot choose their own mood: with them it is not always hide-tide, nor --thank Heaven!--always Storm.
Charlotte Eriksson
You have to believe that your voice can mean something. You have to believe that what you do matters. And you have to keep going even on days you can't find that belief. If you can't do it for yourself, you do it for all the other young souls who need to be shown that things are possible. That they too can do that thing they dream of. You do it despite the doubts and the struggles. You do it because it's what you came here to do.That's what makes an artist.
Charlotte Eriksson
I never have time to write anymore. And when I do I only write about how I never have time. It's work and it's money and I've written more lists than songs lately. I stay up all night to do all these things I need to do, be all these things I want to be, playing with shadows in the darkness that shouldn't be able to exist. Empty bottles and cigarettes while watching the sunrise, why do I complain? I have it all, everything I ever asked for.
Charlotte Eriksson
No one will come and save you. No one will come riding on a white horse and take all your worries away. You have to save yourself, little by little, day by day. Build yourself a home. Take care of your body. Find something to work on. Something that makes you excited, something you want to learn. Get yourself some books and learn them by heart. Get to know the author, where he grew up, what books he read himself. Take yourself out for dinner. Dress up for no one but you and simply feel nice. it's a lovely feeling, to feel pretty. You don't need anyone to confirm it.
Charlotte Eriksson
I spent days and nights staring at the blank page, searching the deepest corners of my mind: who have I been, what have I seen, what did I learn? I thought about all the nights I've spent outside, all the times I laid down to cry and how I took a deep breath every morning and decided to simply go on. Because what else is there to do? Decide that this is it? I quit, I'm done? Oh if I could find words to justify those feelings I've carried. I could write the thickest of books with explosions of emotions from a young girl's lost heart. I could make you see, make you hear, make you feel, at least a tiny fragment of what's out there.
China Miéville
The manager of my line told me, You never put anything down except to be read. Every word ever written is written to be read and if some go unread that's only chance, failure, they're like grubs that die without changing.
Chitralekha Paul
lots of things happen in our lives without any apparent justification. but whatever happens to us,takes us one step ahead in the path of self realisation.The truth is we all are travellers in the life's eternal journey, to meet for a short while,to care and share but we tend to forget that nothing lasts forever.if only we could cultivate a sense of detachment,life would have been much easier.
Chitralekha Paul
And people turn to internet with the hope that in this virtual world, where real identity need not be disclosed, they will find someone before whom they could be their true self,without any pretensions and get an opportunity to release the pent-up emotions and feel light.
Chitralekha Paul
In the name of being social, we learn to ignore our natural instinct.Society keeps dictating do's and don'ts which we keep obeying day in and day out.
Chris Mentillo
Have you noticed how prejudice still exists today? For instance, now they challenge famous people for their past achievements: People like Christopher Columbus and now even Vince Lombardi. Nothing surprises me. I never grew-up with prejudices against anyone. I don't care what color you are or where you came from. This sort of stuff to me never made sense. You see I grew up in an educated family. Education teaches you not to be so ignorant.
Chris Mentillo
Don't let your past dictate your future,
Chris Mentillo
Some of my greatest successes in business are simply the result of taking huge, calculated risks.
Chris Mentillo
A woman does not become whole, until she has a baby.
Chris Mentillo
Have you noticed how prejudice still exists today. For instance, now they challenge famous people for their past achievements: People like Christopher Columbus and now even Vince lombardi. Nothing surprises me. I never grew-up with prejudices against anyone. I don't care what color you are or where you came from. This sort of stuff to me never made sense. You see I grew up in a educated family. Education teaches you not to be so ignorant.
Chris Mentillo
Get out of your comfort zone and go for it. I do this when I apply for lead acting parts in feature movies.
Chris Mentillo
A woman does not become whole until she has a baby.
Chris Mentillo
Forget about how old you are, and get busy.
Chris Mentillo
You can have practically anything you want in this world, if you have great credit.
Chris Mentillo
Don't ever rely on one job, business contact, etc for your main source of income. Receive multiple sources of income for success.
Chris Mentillo
Start having more confidence in yourself, and others will do the same.
Chris Mentillo
Writers are made, they are not born.
Chris Mentillo
Stop now and decide to never worry again about what others think about you.
Chris Mentillo
A women does not become whole, until she has a baby.
Christina Westover
Be passionate about what you write, believe in your ability to convey timeless ideas, and let no one tell you what what you're capable of.
Christopher Hitchens
Every article and review and book that I have ever published has constituted an appeal to the person or persons to whom I should have talked before I dared to write it. I never launch any little essay without the hope
Christopher Hitchens
Every article and review and book that I have ever published has constituted an appeal to the person or persons to whom I should have talked before I dared to write it. I never launch any little essay without the hope
Christopher Hitchens
Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction about my future, it would not be possible to 'show' it to me because as soon as I saw it my future would change by definition. This is why Werner Heisenberg's adaptation of the Hays Office
Christopher Hitchens
Many writers, especially male ones, have told us that it is the decease of the father which opens the prospect of one's own end, and affords an unobstructed view of the undug but awaiting grave that says 'you're next.' Unfilial as this may seem, that was not at all so in my own case. It was only when I watched Alexander [my own son] being born that I knew at once that my own funeral director had very suddenly, but quite unmistakably, stepped onto the stage. I was surprised by how calmly I took this, but also by how reluctant I was to mention it to my male contemporaries.
Christopher Hitchens
Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction about my future, it would not be possible to 'show' it to me because as soon as I saw it my future would change by definition. This is why Werner Heisenberg's adaptation of the Hays Office
Coco J. Ginger
He had let me know time after time that he was a thinking man, a man of intellect and wit. Yet one unintended hungry look into my eyes and he betrayed each of his words he had carefully spoken to me. I knew it in that instant. He was a viscerally driven man. And one day, he would possess me.
Coco J. Ginger
I remember when your name was just another name that rolled without thought off my tongue.Now, I can't look at your name without an abundance of sentiment attached to each lettter.Your name, which I played with so carelessly, so easily, has somehow become sacred to my lips.A name I won't throw around lightheartedly or repeat without deep thought.And if ever I speak of you, I use the English language to describe who you were to me. You are nameless, because those letters grouped together in that familiar form….. carries too much meaning for my capricious heart.
Coco J. Ginger
He offered her power, money, status...a giant prison, all in exchange for only...her soul.
Colson Whitehead
Google brooklyn writer and you'll get, Did you mean: the future of literature as we know it?
Connie Willis
Actually, writers have no business writing about their own works. They either wax conceited, saying things like: 'My brilliance is possibly most apparent in my dazzling short story, The Cookiepants Hypotenuse.' Or else they get unbearably cutesy: 'My cat Ootsywootums has given me all my best ideas, hasn't oo, squeezums?
Cornelia Funke
Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?
Criss Jami
A writer is one who communicates ideas and emotions people want to communicate but aren't quite sure how, or even if, they should communicate them.
Cyril Connolly
As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers, so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
Dan Simmons
When the last autumn of Dickens's life was over, he continued to work through his final winter and into spring. This is how all of us writers give away the days and years and decades of our lives in exchange for stacks of paper with scratches and squiggles on them. And when Death calls, how many of us would trade all those pages, all that squandered lifetime-worth of painfully achieved scratches and squiggles, for just one more day, one more fully lived and experienced day? And what price would we writers pay for that one extra day spent with those we ignored while we were locked away scratching and squiggling in our arrogant years of solipsistic isolation?Would we trade all those pages for a single hour? Or all of our books for one real minute?
Daniel Marques
Some people get offended by what I write, by what I do with my life and by what I say to those they never saw. And they also get offended when told they are too stupid to have the right to judge anyone. These poor souls don't know that respect and intelligence are correlated.
David Gerrold
To say that a writer's hold on reality is tenuous is an understatement-it's like saying the Titanic had a rough crossing. Writer's build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home. The only difference between a writer and a crazy person is that a writer gets paid for it.
Don DeLillo
It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is
Don DeLillo
It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is
Douglas Adams
My favourite piece of information is that Branwell Brontë, brother of Emily and Charlotte, died standing up leaning against a mantle piece, in order to prove it could be done.This is not quite true, in fact. My absolute favourite piece of information is the fact that young sloths are so inept that they frequently grab their own arms and legs instead of tree limbs, and fall out of trees. However, this is not relevant to what is currently on my mind because it concerns sloths, whereas the Branwell Brontë piece of information concerns writers and feeling like death and doing things to prove they can be done, all of which are pertinent to my current situation to a degree that is, frankly, spooky.
E. B. White
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
E.A. Bucchianeri
If you want to find out if someone is a true bookworm or not, give them a thousand page novel and see what happens.
E.A. Bucchianeri
While art thrives on the blazing colours of scandal, literature blossoms on the dark soil of tragedy.
E.A. Bucchianeri
Editors can be stupid at times. They just ignore that author's intention. I always try to read unabridged editions, so much is lost with cut versions of classic literature, even movies don't make sense when they are edited too much. I love the longueurs of a book even if they seem pointless because you can get a peek into the author's mind, a glimpse of their creative soul. I mean, how would people like it if editors came along and said to an artist, 'Whoops, you left just a tad too much space around that lily pad there, lets crop that a bit, shall we?'. Monet would be ripping his hair out.
E.B. White
There is nothing harder to estimate than a writer's time, nothing harder to keep track of. There are moments
Edna St. Vincent Millay
A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.
Elena Ferrante
Don't be timid. You're a writer, use your role, test it, make something of it. These are decisive times, everything is turning upside down. Participate, be present. And begin with the scum in your area, put their backs to the wall.
Enock Maregesi
Novelists and the literary world play an important part in shaping languages. The Swahili they write influence the readers and their languages. The literary obstacle in Tanzania is not that people do not read, but that they don't read because there are no interesting writers.
Epictetus
If you wish to be a writer, write.
Eric T. Benoit
The job of a writer is not to convey emotion but to invoke it.
Erin Bow
No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can't put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.
Ernest Hemingway
World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought.
Ernest Hemingway
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
There's a writer for you, he said. Knows everything and at the same time he knows nothing. [narrator]It was my first inkling that he was a writer. And while I like writers
Felisberto Hernández
I do not believe that I should only write about what I know but that I should write also of the other.
Félix J. Palma
[A] writer's most powerful weapon, his true strength, was his intuition, and regardless of whether he had any talent, if the critics combined to discredit an author's nose for things, he would be reduced to a fearful creature who took a mistakenly guarded, absurdly cautious approach to his work, which would end up stifling his latent genius.
Fran Lebowitz
All the time I'm not writing I feel like a criminal. It's horrible to feel felonious every second of the day. It's much more relaxing to actually write.
Fran Lebowitz
The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.
François-René de Chateaubriand
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
Franz Kafka
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.[Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922]
Friedrich Nietzsche
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Books and drafts mean something quite different for different thinkers. One collects in a book the lights he was able to steal and carry home swiftly out of the rays of some insight that suddenly dawned on him, while another thinker offers us nothing but shadows - images in black and grey of what had built up in his soul the day before.
Garrison Keillor
Just because we're fictional characters doesn't mean you can pick us up and move us anywhere you want.--the people of Lake Woebegon
Garry Douglas Kilworth
He had a book to finish. Ten-thousand words. The other ninety thousand had been difficult. This last tenth seemed impossible. His plot had become derailed. He was unable to see his way through the smoke and coke dust of a mythical railway track that should stretch ahead. Yes, the characters were there, good and solid. Indeed, the story's engine was strong and had shunted yet forward and forward, with only one or two sharp halts. But six weeks ago he met the bumpers. R. was now stuck in a deserted station, his progress blocked. (Out Back)
Geoffrey Wolff
Writing has nothing to do with pretty manners, and less to do with sportsmanship or restraint [...]Every writer begins as a subversive, if in nothing more than the antisocial means by which he earns his keep. Finally, every fantasist who cannibalizes himself knows that misfortune is his friend, that grief feeds and sharpens his fancy, that hatred is as sufficient a spur to creation as love (and a world more common) and that without an instinct for lunacy he will come to nothing.
George Orwell
I do not think one can assess a writer's motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in ... but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape.
George R.R. Martin
Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.