The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
I do borrow from other writers, shamelessly I can only say in my defense, like the woman brought before the judge on a charge of kleptomania, I do steal, but, your Honor, only from the very best stores.
Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists, of a sort.
To make of human affairs a coherent, precise, predictable whole one must ignore or suppress man as he really is. It is by eliminating man from their equation that the makers of history can predict the future, and the writers of history can give a pattern
From my close observation of writers.. They fall into two groups 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish occasionally I do windows.
The fact that writers will go through so much to remain writers says something, perhaps everything. It would be far easier (and nearly always more profitable) to become a real estate agent.
Rice Krispies happens to be one of my favorite junk foods, just as I regard Michener as superior among junk writers.
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
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.
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
Good writers define reality bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
Why do writers write Because it isn't there.
Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
The first and most important thing of all, at least for writers today, is to strip language clean, to lay it bare down to the bone.
Advice to writers Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
There's not much to be said about the period except that most writers don't reach it soon enough.
I feel it is time that I also pay tribute to my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.
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