“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”

— Stephen King

"A writer who obtains his full purpose loses himself in his own lustre."

— Samuel Johnson

“I am influenced by words and the chewiness of language”

― Annie Proulx

"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

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

— Jonathan Franzen

"“What doesn't kill us makes us funnier.”

Marian Keyes

“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”

— Steve Martin

"Write in recollection and amazement for yourself."

— Jack Kerouac

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

— Herman Melville

"Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos."

— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

— Ernest Hemingway

Wordcrafts' Quotes

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

Risk

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

— Anne Rice

 

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