Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.— Pablo Picasso
Cheering Creative Writing quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
And after about two years, I realized that creative writing was not going to help you ace those biological tests. So I switched over to journalism. I didn't graduate with honors, but I did graduate on time and with some doing.
Maybe it won't work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.
Cooking is like painting or writing a song.
Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart.
I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it's such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
Here is a lesson in creative writing.
First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.
Composing is a natural fit. As far as the creative process goes, I'd rather do this than anything else, by far. Something different happened to me when I started to write music to images. It was a feeling of excitement and connection and a sense of being in the right place that I never had before.
I am often asked why I started to write poetry.
The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty.
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.
The Polar Express was the easiest of my picture book manuscripts to write.
.. Once I realized the train was going to the North Pole, finding the story seemed less like a creative effort than an act of recollection. I felt, like the storys narrator, that I was remembering something, not making it up.
Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
I'd rather be caught holding up a bank than stealing so much as a two-word phrase from another writer.
Sometimes I think creativity is magic;
it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
The fact is that writing, like any creative undertaking, carries with it both pain and great joy. The pain is often inherent in the most fertile subject matter; the joy lies in transforming that subject matter and thus moving through it in a way that helps us grow while we create something of value to others.
I don't believe anything I write or say.
I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
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.
To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.
Style has always been in my mind the author's Self, the creative expression of that Self.
Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.
When you build in silence, people don't know what to attack.
We have always learned about life by dramatising our questions.
If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.
Unless you have tested the assumptions in your business model first, outside the building, your business plan is just creative writing.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
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.
How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
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.
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.
You can sit there, tense and worried, freezing the creative energies, or you can start writing something. It doesn't matter what. In five or ten minutes, the imagination will heat, the tightness will fade, and a certain spirit and rhythm will take over.
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.