"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

Writing Comprehension

"One of the few ways I can almost be certain I'll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can't avoid having to come to grips with it. You might be wrong, but you have to think about it very intensely to write about it. So I use writing as a learning tool."

— Hunter S. Thompson

Advice to the Novice

"If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves."

— Lillian Hellman

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