"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

All You Need is Love

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for."

— Ray Bradbury

Player Piano

"Grammar is a piano I play by ear, since I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were mentioned. All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences. The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind. The picture dictates the arrangement. The picture dictates whether this will be a sentence with or without clauses, a sentence that ends hard or a dying-fall sentence, long or short, active or passive. The picture tells you how to arrange the words and the arrangement of the words tells you, or tells me, what’s going on in the picture. Nota bene.

It tells you.
You don’t tell it."

— Joan Didion

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