Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.— Franz Kafka
Empowering Great Writing quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything.
... It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.
Silence is a source of great strength.
If someone writes a great story, people praise the author, not the pen.
People don't say, 'Oh what an incredible pen...where can I get a pen like this so I can write great stories?' Well, I am just a pen in the hands of the Lord. He is the author. All praise should go to him.
All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.
To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
In Great Britain, an author published a book in which he claimed that Jesus Christ had children. Such statements don't trigger civil unrest and bloodshed in Europe. But write similar statements about Islam in Syria and you might see bloody uprisings.
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.
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.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies.
Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Todd Glass has amazing energy on stage.
Dave Attell is one of my favorites because he's a one liner comic who is always incredibly in the moment with the audience. As for newer people, I think Adrienne Iapalucci writes some great, dark jokes and Sean Patton has a hilarious voice on stage.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence.
Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer.
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics.
And if somebody writes a great song, it's timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there's going to be a real appreciation.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create the universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific. Universality, I think, emerges from truthful identity of what is.
Happy songs are very difficult to write. How many truly great upbeat songs are there?
I was opposed to doing TV for a long time because I thought the quality of writing wasn't very strong, as opposed to film, but there's been a shift in term of the quality of scripts. HBO has attracted a tremendous amount of great writing talent.
To a great mind, nothing is little.
you don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.
A good song should make you wanna tap your foot and get with your girl.
A great song should destroy cops and set fire to the suburbs. I'm only interested in writing great songs.
Don't look back until you've written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceeding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in . . . The edit.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
It was a great thrill just to know Roy Orbison, so to play, sing, write hit songs with him and have him in The Traveling Wilburys was beyond my wildest dreams!
Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it - whole-heartedly - and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
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.
Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Improve yourself by other men's writings thus attaining effortlessly what they acquired through great difficulty.
One of the great moments of my life was when I could write musician on my passport.
A poet articulating the dreads and horrors of our time is necessary in order to make readers understand what is happening, really understand it, not just know about it but feel it: and should be accompanied by a willingness on the part of those who write it to take additional action towards stopping the great miseries which they record.
Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying.
And the wind will whip your tousled hair, The sun, the rain, the sweet despair, Great tales of love and strife. And somewhere on your path to glory You will write your story of a life.