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

On Writing

January 19th, 2015 by

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”

— W. Somerset Maugham

On Writing

January 12th, 2015 by

“There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas, of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence—an overwhelming determination to succeed.”

— Sophy Burnham

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On Writing

January 5th, 2015 by

“Writing is its own reward.”

— Henry Miller

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On Writing

December 29th, 2014 by

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

— Barbara Kingsolver

On Writing

December 22nd, 2014 by

“I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.”

— Clarence Budington Kelland