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.— Enid Bagnold
Satisfaction Writers And Writing quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
Here in Manto's own words that he wanted to mark his grave with: "In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing.... Under tons of earth he lies, still wondering who among the two is greater short-story writer: God or He.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
The most important thing for me is that I've used my talents as a writer to enable the Ogoni people to confront their tormentors. I was not able to do it as a politician or a businessman. My writing did it. And it sure makes me feel good! I'm mentally prepared for the worst, but hopeful for the best. I think I have the moral victory.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write.
Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.
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.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.
As a writer, it's disheartening to write books that you pour your soul into and not have them distributed widely enough to find their audience.
Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them.
Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.
Well a good writer writes, a good musician listens to a lot more than he actually composes, and if you're going to do lyrics - well, there's a Freudian slip. That's not even a slip, that's a Freudian move: I said going to do lyrics. If you really want it to ring true, you'll live it first. Go really get your heart broken!
The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.
Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.
I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it.
If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.
If getting on the radio was a major motivation, I'd be one of the worst writers of all time. I admire people who do it, and I think it's a nice way to work, but I try to do the best I can and write what I like. I don't worry about it.
For the writer, the serial killer is, abstractly, an analogue of the imagination's caprices and amorality; the sense that, no matter the dictates and even the wishes of the conscious social self, the life or will or purpose of the imagination is incomprehensible, unpredictable.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
Writing isn't just a job that stops at six thirty.
.. It's a mad, sexy, sad, scary, ruthless, joyful, and utterly, utterly personal thing. There's not the writer and then me; there's just me. All of my life connects to the writing. All of it.
Although I write in English, and despite the fact that I'm from America, I consider myself an Armenian writer. The words I use are in English, the surroundings I write about are American, but the soul, which makes me write, is Armenian. This means I am an Armenian writer and deeply love the honor of being a part of the family of Armenian wrtiters.
A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.
But the sensibility of the writer, whether fiction or poetry, comes from paying attention. I tell my students that writing doesn't begin when you sit down to write. It's a way of being in the world, and the essence of it is paying attention.
A writer will write with or without a movement;
but at the same time, for Chicano, lesbian, gay and feminist writers-anybody writing against the grain of Anglo misogynist culture-political movements are what have allowed our writing to surface from the secret places in our notebooks into the public sphere.
If you would be a writer, first be a reader.
Only through the assimilation of ideas, thoughts and philosophies can one begin to focus his own ideas, thoughts and philosophies.
You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?
Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.
No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer.
One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with a certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.
Like most-maybe all- writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, by reading books.
Write at the edges of the day.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
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.
Writing is 90% procrastination. It is a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write.
Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing.
Writer's block is real. It happens. Some days you sit down at the old typewriter, put your fingers on the keys, and nothing pops into your head. Blanko. Nada. El nothingissimo. What you do when this happens is what separates you from the one-of-thesedays- I'm-gonna-write-a-book crowd.