“Psychoanalysts in France, structuralists in the United States and France, conservative, liberal and left-wing thinkers in contemporary schools of linguistic philosophy agree about one thing; man became man not by the tool but by the Word. It is not walking upright and using a stick to dig for food or strike a blow that makes a human being, it is speech. And neither intelligent apes nor dolphins whispering marvels in the ocean share with us the ability to transform this direct communication into the written word, which sets up an endless chain of communication and commune between peoples and generations who will never meet.”
— Nadine Gordimer
Whenever writing seems hard (all the time) remind yourself that it's when it seems easy that you have a real problem.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) April 13, 2016
Where there's emotion, there's drama. Where there's drama, there's tension. Where there's tension, there' s conflict. And conflict is king.
— Chris Sparling (@chrissparling) April 4, 2016
“If you want to write, it must be the thing not that you want to do, or would like to do. It must be the thing you feel you have to do. It must be that without which you could not live. If you’ve got that, then it’ll be all right.”
— Christopher Hitchens
“There’s a great thing that happens after you’ve spent a morning writing, and you think, I haven’t got anything there, not anything, and then you go away and become depressed, and when you come back, you find a good sentence or a good speech buried somewhere in the yards you’ve written. It’s in those hours of writing crap where you find a little thing that’s worth it, that makes you believe in the process of writing.”
— Emma Thompson via Vulture
HT to Susan Winchell for the quote