On Writing

Oscar Wilde said, ‘I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.’ So here are some thoughts on writing by other writers:

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and a pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.” William Faulkner.

“Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don’t write them down.” W.P. Kinsella.

“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.” Kathryn Stockett

“Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.” E.M. Forster.

“There are rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham.

“I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity.” Rudyard Kipling.

“A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.” Karl Kraus.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London.

“Most authors liken the struggle of writing to something mighty and macho, like wrestling a bear. Writing a book is nothing like that. It is a small, slow crawl to the finish line.” Amy Poehler.

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.” Oscar Wilde.

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” Winston Churchill.


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