Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.— Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Useful Creative Writers quotations
The creative writer does the same as the child at play;
he creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously.
You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer.
But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.
I'd rather be caught holding up a bank than stealing so much as a two-word phrase from another writer.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
Like most-maybe all- writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, by reading books.
After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.
Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
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.
The problem is acceptance, which is something we're taught not to do.
We're taught to improve uncomfortable situations, to change things, alleviate unpleasant feelings. But if you accept the reality that you have been given- that you are not in a productive creative period- you free yourself to begin filling up again.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
Creativity sometimes needs the protection of darkness, of being ignored.
That is very obvious in the natural tendency many artists and writers have not to show their paintings or writings before they are finished.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
Creative arts, new inventions, and new ideas spring from those blessed with imagination, and magic stimulates imagination. It is no coincidence that many artists, writers, and dancers are interested in magic.
Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
I live in a very, very quiet place. I have a sequence to my creative life. In spring and fall, I am above ground and commit to community. In the summer, I'm outside. It is a time for family. And in the winter, I am underground. Home. This is when I do my work as a writer - in hibernation. I write with the bears.
We wasted a lot of creative energy in that immediate post colonial era, when there was a struggle between, you know, the Cold War between the capitalism and communism. Many writers just wasted their energy and their talent because they want to be ideologically correct and of course all they produced was propaganda.
To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
Thinking of Poe, thinking of Mark Twain and Vachel Lindsay, thinking of Jack London and Tom Wolfe, one begins to feel there is almost no way of becoming a creative writer in America without being a loser.
All the elements of good writing depend on the writer's skill in choosing one word instead of another.
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary-it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
Something I notice speaking to writers from south of Hadrians Wall is that the culture is different. At base, I think Scotland values its creative industries differently from England.
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent.
A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
all creative writers need a certain amount of time when they're creating something where nobody should criticize them at all - at all. Even if the criticism is valid or good, they should just shut up, and let that person create. Because at a certain point you have to make it your own - not the world's, but your own.
What has always been at the heart of film making was the value of a script.
It was really the writer who could make or break a film. But as we all know, the writer has always been at the bottom of the creative heap.
Most writers - poets in especial - prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy - an ecstatic intuition - and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes.
Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.