Quotations from famous authors about the writing processâ€”to inspire you, advise you, or just make you laugh.
â€śWriting is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.â€ť â€”Gene Fowler
Anyone who has ever wantedâ€”or been requiredâ€”to create something more complicated than a shopping list or a tweet knows how challenging writing can be. We use words all the time, yet putting them in written form can feel like a daunting task.
This book collects quotes about the creative process and the writing life from a variety of authorsâ€”even the most celebrated and successful of whom have sometimes struggled with self-doubt and felt blocked. Here are the wisest and wittiest utterances on such subjects as why we write (Ernest Hemingway: â€śI have a good life but I must write because if I do not write a certain amount I do not enjoy the rest of my life.â€ť); how to write (Anton Chekhov: â€śDonâ€™t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.â€ť); and writing for money (Cormac McCarthy: â€śI never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.â€ť).
It has been said that reading wonâ€™t make you a good writer, but it will make you a better writer. Dip into this lively and useful treasure trove, and youâ€™ll be well on your way.