Favorite Quotations ~ Writing & Writers, 12 On Being a Writer: A Community of Writers Revisited

"Good writing comes from good talent." ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

You're a writer. And that's something better than being a millionaire. Because it's something holy. ~ Harlan Ellison, On Being a Writer

I tried to write a TV series, and then I discovered first of all that I love writing more than anything on this earth, and that you could write exactly as well as you want to. ~ Joss Whedon

You're not going to be a writer someday. You're a writer today. Discipline yourself to write and take time to enjoy writing. Do it a lot. Have fun with it. Begin now. ~ Jack Heffron, Writer's Idea Book

A writer is always working. ~ William Zinsser

I have no warm up exercises, other than to take an occasional drink. ~ E.B.White

Hard writing makes easy reading. ~ Wallace Stegner

A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I found I'm quite happy working on a sentence for an hour or more, searching for the right phrase, the right word. I compare it to the work of a stone cutter chipping away at the raw material until it's just right, or as right as you can get it. ~ Harriet Doerr

As a writer, I don't think it's my responsibility to make a point. ~ Tama Janowitz

Writing is like praying, because you stop all other activities, descend into silence, and listen patiently to the depths of your soul, waiting for the true words to come. When they do, you thank God because you know the words are a gift, and you write them down as honestly and as cleanly as you can. ~ Sister Helen Prejean, Death of Innocents

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction. ~ William Faulkner

I love to write and I assure you I write regularly, but I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. ~ J. D. Salinger

If you write something in the evening or at night, look back over it the next morning. I tend to be less self-critical at night; sometimes, I've looked back at things I wrote the night before, and realized they were no good at all. ~ Mark-Anthony Turnage

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