Favorite Quotations ~  Writing & Writers, 5 How To Publish & Promote Online

"The writing of words can lead to all sorts of absurdities." ~ Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson

A major writer combines these three—storyteller, teacher, enchanter—but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Writing is not about making a buck, not about publishers and agents. Writing is not about feeling good. Writing is about pain, suffering, hard work, risk, and fear. ~ Sue Grafton

We write because something inside says we must and we can no longer ignore that voice. ~ Sheila Bender

Your style is an emanation from your own being. ~ Katherine Anne Porter

To write an autobiography, you've got to expose other people. I hope to get out of this world as gracefully as possible, without embarrassing anyone. ~ Cary Grant, Evenings With Cary Grant

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. ~ Thomas Mann

When I was 8, I was reading a book in which it was snowing. When I looked outside, I expected there to be snow on the ground. I thought, "This is the most powerful thing I can do! I'm going to be a writer." ~ Candace Bushnell, O, 7/03

I always felt that nobody was going to understand me, going to understand what I felt about things. I guess that's why I started writing. At least on paper I could put down what I thought. ~ Truman Capote

Write. No amount of self inflicted misery, altered states, black pullovers or being publicly obnoxious will ever add up to your being a writer. Writers write. On you go. ~ AL Kennedy

That's what happens with writing. Ingredients bubble and cook. Material becomes substance. ~ Alex Haley

Write backwards. Start from the feeling you want the audience to have at the end and then ask "How might that happen?" continually, until you have a beginning. ~ Lucy Prebble, Guardian, 1/2/12

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