Favorite Quotations ~  Writing & Writers, 4 Sin and Syntax

"The tears had turned to ink..." ~ Dawna Markova


A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

I write to establish, if only in fiction, some permanence to it all. ~ Doris Sanders

My mother raised me to be a writer. ~ Pat Conroy

I talk out the lines as I write them. ~ Tennessee Williams

I borrowed a typewriter from my next-door neighbor and changed my life. ~ Vertamae Grosvenor

I think in order to write really well and convincingly, one must be somewhat poisoned by emotion, dislike, displeasure, resentment, fault-finding, imagination, passionate remonstrance, a sense of injustice--they all make fine fuel. ~ Edna Ferber

The work was like peeling an onion. The outer skin came off with difficulty... but in no time you'd be down to its innards, tears streaming from your eyes as more and more beautiful reductions became possible. ~ Edward Blishen

Writing teaches us our mysteries. ~ Marie De L'Incarnation

Writing is my form of celebration and prayer. ~ Diane Ackerman

If I can write everything out plainly, perhaps I will myself understand better what has happened. ~ Sherwood Anderson, Collected Short Stories

If you do not breathe through writing; if you do not cry out in writing or sing in writing, then don't write. ~ Anais Nin

A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk. ~ Helen Dunmore

Regardless of what happened to me, I rarely stopped typing. Perhaps I was worried I would disappear altogether if I did. ~ David Carr, The Night of the Gun

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