"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

Risks

“Don't listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says. they all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respects.”

—Neil Simon

The Zone

"When I write, I fall into the zone many writers, painters, musicians, athletes, and craftsmen of all sorts seem to share: In doing something I enjoy and am expert at, deliberate thought falls aside and it is all just there. I think of the next word no more than the composer thinks of the next note."

— Roger Ebert

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