Great quotes about writing

February 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Great quotes about writing

Honestly, the title probably says enough: These are a few quotes I always trot out when someone asks me about writing, and why I write.

Don’t be afraid to write your feelings and describe things in your own words…

A story is a letter the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

Write things the way they need to be—the truth is a start, not a story…

So the form [of storytelling] came of itself, though I had to learn to use it, and found that simply telling the truth wasn’t half enough. It still had to be brought to fictional life.

John Clellon Holmes, the author of Go, from a letter to Ann Charters

Write scenes, not novels (novels happen sort of by accident)…

Short stories are the equivalent of those one-of-a-kind items you buy in an artisan’s shop… I refuse to let a year go by without writing at least one or two of them… like working out in the gym.

Stephen King, from the introduction to Everything’s Eventual

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