On Writing

March 30th, 2015 by

“The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.”

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

On Writing

March 23rd, 2015 by

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

— Sidney Sheldon

On Writing

March 16th, 2015 by

“Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.”

— John Scalzi

On Writing

March 9th, 2015 by

“Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing; it’s about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration that it creates.”

— Mordecai Richler

On Writing

March 2nd, 2015 by

“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”

— Terry Pratchett

On Writing

February 23rd, 2015 by

“Make it new.”

— Ezra Pound

On Writing

February 16th, 2015 by

“What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end–that is what you must be able to attain.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

On Writing

February 9th, 2015 by

“I sit in the dark and wait for a little flame to appear at the end of my pencil.”

— Billy Collins

On Writing

February 2nd, 2015 by

“The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail—not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime.”

— Dani Shapiro

On Writing

January 26th, 2015 by

“The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.”

— Flannery O’Connor