A Quote by Witkacy on literature and writing

The one thing is fiction in a novel and the other thing is reality. With fiction you don't make a fuss - you can 'beat it' and there's never enough. At least in my opinion - cause there are people, who complain about style intensity in literature: they prefer cereals with milk than abyssinian bitches roasted alive on bringhausers and watered with ya-yoo juice.


Source: Narcotics

Contributed by: lu

A Quote by Anne Lamott on writing and sense of wonder

This is our goal as writers, I think: to help others have this sense of wonder, of seeing things anew, things that catch us off-guard, that break in on our small bordered worlds.  When this happens, everything feels more spacious.  I think this is how we are supposed to be - present and in awe.

Anne Lamott

Source: Write from the Heart

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A Quote by Walter Smith on writing


There's nothing to writing.  All you do is sit at a typewriter and open a vein.

Walter Smith

Contributed by: Gail

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on writing, academic writing, authorial will, arcane writing, and revenge

On Academic Writing:

"The more passive one's life in the field, the greater the need to reverse the situation when one returns home, which is why the arcane and authoratative character of academic writing may be seen, to some extent, as a vengeful reaction to the inertia, uneventfulness, and waiting one had to endure as a guest at someone else's banquet. A way of redressing an existental imbalance, as it were-- reclaiming authorial will by superimposing one's own meaning on theirs...

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 108

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on writing, hurt, upset, good writing, and anger and writing

"I know quite well that one needs ridiculous, mad situations like that; one can't write really well about anything else. WHy was that old fellow such a marvellous propaganda technician? Becuase he had so many insane, excruciating things to get excited about. You've got to be hurt and upset; otherwise you can't htink of the really good, penetrating, X-rayish phrases."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 185

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A Quote by Stephen King on joy, flow, work, and writing

Do you do it for the money, honey? The answer is no. Don't now and never did. Yes, I've made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it... I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side--I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.

Stephen King (1947 -)

Source: On Writing, Pages: 253

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A Quote by Stephen King on writing and work

Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex, and work. Especially work. People love to read about work. God knows why, but they do.

Stephen King (1947 -)

Source: On Writing, Pages: 161

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Stephen King on writing, change the world, and flow

I don't want to speak too disparagingly of my generation (actually I do, we had a chance to  change the world and opted for the Home Shopping Network instead), but there was a view among the student writers I knew at that time that good writing came spontaneously, in an uprush of feeling that  had to be caught at once; when you were building that all-important stairway to heaven, you couldn't just stand around with your hammer in your hand.

Stephen King (1947 -)

Source: On Writing, Pages: 62

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writing, writers, and jealousy

So writing is not just writing. It is also having a relationship with other writers. And don't be jealous, especially secretly. That's the worst kind. If someone writes something great, it's just more clarity in the world for all of us.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 80

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writer, writing, soda pop, and copying

We always worry that we are copying someone else, that we don't have our own style. Don't worry. Writing is a communal act. Contrary to popular belief, a writer is not Prometheus alone on a hill full of fire. We are very arrogant to think we alone have a totally original mind. We are carried on the backs of all the writers who came before us. We live in the present with all the history, ideas, and soda pop of this time. It all gets mixed up in our writing.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 79

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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