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‘And by the way…’ Sylvia Plath on the worst enemy to creativity

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 7 Comments

Why great novels are dangerous – Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think a great book—leaving aside other qualities such as narrative power, characterization, style, and so on—is a book that describes the world in a way that has not been … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to turn into people on the page…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Accept bad writing…Jennifer Egan QUOTES FOR WRITERS(and people who like quotes)

You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Where Stephen King gets his ideas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

…Writing is showbusiness for shy people…Lee Child QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 7 Comments

What artists have to do in times of trouble – Toni Morrison QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Even in Space there’s a Double Standard …quotes from Carrie Fisher

Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally. You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a soldier, a fighter, a woman in control – control being, of course, … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Laughter and Good Humour are Contagious – Charles Dickens QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

How to deal with the problems of writing a novel – H.G. Wells QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. H.G. Wells

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

How writers should be treated by Robert A. Heinlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

You don’t get to say you’re bored – Louis CK – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Poets can wait for inspiration, novelists can’t – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

“…there is only one of you in all of time…” Martha Graham on creative expression QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · 6 Comments