A Quote by Leigh Michaels on fiction, writing, and life

Real life isn't required to be logical, but fiction has to make sense.

Leigh Michaels

Source: On Writing Romance

Contributed by: TC

A Quote by Sylvia Plath on womenswisdom, writing, imagination, creativity, self-doubt, improvise, and life

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath

Contributed by: Amanda

A Quote by Tom on writing and tom howe

I always figured that every word that managed to squeeze itself from my pen had to be immortal. Turns out they're all disposable. What a relief.

Tom Howe

Contributed by: quietlaughter

A Quote by Ian McEwan on differences, acceptance, tolerance, writing, fiction, and storytelling

She could write the scene three times over, from three points of view...none of these three was bad, nor were they particularly good.  She need not judge...She need only show seperate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive. It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp that other people are as real as you. And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show that they had equal value.  That was the only moral a story need have.

Ian McEwan

Source: Atonement: A Novel, Pages: 38

Contributed by: Wednesday

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on writing


My tongue is prone to lose the way,
Not so my pen, for in a letter
We have not better things to say,
But surely put them better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Contributed by: WispAndMeteor

A Quote by Alexandre Dumas on writing and words

I have always been more afraid of a pen, a bottle of ink and a sheet of paper than of a sword or a pistol.

Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870)

Source: The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)

Contributed by: gzusgirl

A Quote by Walter Benjamin on literature and writing

Literature tells very little to those who understand it.

Walter Benjamin (1892 - 1940)

Contributed by: Frances

A Quote by Jonathan Safran Foer on words, language, and writing

"Words never mean what we want them to mean"

Jonathan Safran Foer

Source: Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

Contributed by: Lisa

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on zen, experience, mind, and writing

To stay close and intimate with experience is to stay close to the mind; the nitty gritty mind of the way things really are.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Zen Howl

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writers, writing, language, and zen

As writers we need to crack open language.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Zen Howl

Contributed by: dot

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