"As writers we must, from our very opening sentence, speak with authority to our readers."

Michael Cunningham

"If I waited till I felt like writing, I'd never write at all."

Anne Tyler

 

"Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation."

— Graham Greene

"In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better."

— Doris Lessing

"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself."

Truman Capote

"If I see an ending, I can work backward."

Arthur Miller

"The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first."

— T.S. Eliot

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."
— Oscar Wilde

"A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid."

— William Faulkner

"To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself."

— Anne Rice

 

“Getting two sentences together is exhilarating. It is heaven.”

— Fay Weldon

Wordcrafts' Quotes

Multiple Identities

"You have to become a different person to write the next book. The person you are already wrote the last book."

— Jonathan Franzen

Fear of Fiction

"A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not."

— Roald Dahl

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