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Famous Writers Quotes
on Being A Writer

"Now and again thousands of memories
converge, harmonize,
arrange themselves around a central idea
in a coherent form,
and I write a story."

Katherine Anne Porter

"Write without thinking of the result
in terms of a result,
but think of the writing
in terms of discovery,

which is to say that creation
must take place
between the pen and the paper,

not before in a thought
or afterwards in a recasting...

It will come if it is there
and if you will let it come."

Gertrude Stein

"Writing, like life itself,
is a voyage of discovery.

The adventure is a metaphysical one;
it is a way of approaching life indirectly,
of acquiring a total
rather than a partial view of the universe.

The writer lives
between the upper and lower worlds:
he takes the path
in order eventually to become that path himself."

Henry Miller

Being an artist
means, not reckoning and counting,
but ripening like the tree

which does not force its sap
and stands confident
in the storms of spring

without the fear that after them
may come no summer."

Rainer Maria Rilke

"There are three points of view
from which a writer can be considered:
he may be considered as a story teller,
as a teacher,
and as an enchanter.

A major writer combines these three -
storyteller, teacher, enchanter -

but it is the enchanter in him
that predominates
and makes him
a major writer.

Vladimir Nabokov

"I started with all the handicaps,
and helplessness.
I didn't talk when I was twenty.
I taught myself by the act of writing."

Anais Nin

"The beginning and end
of all literary activity

is the reproduction of the world
that surrounds me
by means of the world that is in me,

all things being grasped, related,
moulded and constructed

in a personal form
and an original manner."


"Writing is far too hard work
to say what someone else wants me to.

Serving it as a craft,
using it as a way of growing
in my own understanding,
seems to me to be a beautiful way to live.

And if that product is shareable with other people,
so much the better.

That increases the joy in it."

Jane Rule

"The total life of the writer
is the source of his work,
all of these go into his writing
in varying quantities:

the sense, as of taste and touch,
the rate of metabolism, blood pressure,
the digestion, body temperature,
the memory of things past,
perhaps going back to the childhood
not only of the writer but of the race itself.

The success of his work
depends on the liveliness
and alertness of his brain,
previous reading of books,
shrewdness of insight into human character,
his ear for the sound of language.

The writer, therefore,
must have a more than ordinary
capacity for life
and the power to retain what he experiences."

Paul Engle

"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure
to do the impossible."

William Faulkner

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