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Quote Left I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. Quote Right
Quote Left I did not believe political directives could be successfully applied to creative writing . . . not to poetry or fiction, which to be valid had to express as truthfully as possible the individual emotions and reactions of the writer. Quote Right
Quote Left If I could live as a tree, as a river, as the moon, as the sun, as a star, as the earth, as a rock, I would. ...Writing permits me to experien... Quote Right
Quote Left Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. Quote Right
Quote Left Reading it aloud – poetry is, after all, just written down speech – allow the poem to have a moment to exist. The reader has to put as much care into the reading of the poem as the poet has into writing it. In the relationship between poet, poem and reader, every element has to pull its weight. Quote Right
Quote Left A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer - to be living a kind of double life. Quote Right
Quote Left It is worth remembering that every writer begins with a naively physical notion of what art is. A book for him or her is not an expression or a series of expressions, but literally a volume, a prism with six rectangular sides made of thin sheets of papers which should include a cover, an inside cover, an epigraph in italics, a preface, nine or ten parts with some verses at the beginning, a table of contents, an ex libris with an hourglass and a Latin phrase, a brief list of errata, some blank pages, a colophon and a publication notice: objects that are known to constitute the art of writing. Quote Right
Quote Left Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time. Quote Right
Quote Left The art of writing is mysterious; the opinions we hold are ephemeral , and I prefer the Platonic idea of the Muse to that of Poe, who reasoned, or feigned to reason, that the writing of a poem is an act of the intelligence. It never fails to amaze me that the classics hold a romantic theory of poetry, and a romantic poet a classical theory. Quote Right
Quote Left For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application -- why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again. Quote Right
Quote Left Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children. Quote Right
Quote Left Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant. Quote Right
Quote Left Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. Quote Right
Quote Left The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it. Quote Right
Quote Left Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future. Quote Right
Quote Left Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society. Quote Right
Quote Left Reading while waiting for the iron to heat, writing, My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun— Quote Right
Quote Left To endow the writer publicly with a good fleshly body, to reveal that he likes dry white wine and underdone steak, is to make even more miraculous for me, and of a more divine essence, the products of his art. Far from the details of his daily life bringing nearer to me the nature of his inspiration and making it clearer, it is the whole mystical singularity of his condition which the writer emphasizes by such confidences. For I cannot but ascribe to some superhumanly the existence of beings vast enough to wear blue pajamas at the very moment when they manifest themselves as universal conscience. Quote Right
Quote Left Readers of the twenty-first chapter must decide for themselves whether it enhances the book they presumably know or is really a discardable limb. I meant the book to end in this way, but my aesthetic judgement may have been faulty. Writers are rarely their own best critics, nor are critics. 'Quod scripsi scripsi' said Pontius Pilate when he made Jesus Christ the King of the Jews. 'What I have written I have Written.' We can destroy what we have written but we cannot unwrite it. I leave what I wrote with what Dr. Johnson called frigid indifference to the judgement of that .00000001 of the American population which cares about such things. Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free. Quote Right
Quote Left Kerouac and I are not real at all. The only thing about a writer is that he has written, and not his so-called life. ' And we (will) all die and the stars will go out, one after another .' Quote Right
Quote Left Letters to absence can a voice impart, And lend a tongue when distance gags the heart. Quote Right
Quote Left The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them. Quote Right
Quote Left The art of writing books is not yet invented. But it is at the point of being invented. Fragments of this nature are literary seeds. There may... Quote Right
Quote Left A pathological business, writing, don't you think? Just look what a writer actually does: all that unnatural tense squatting and hunching, all those rituals: pathological! Quote Right
Quote Left Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention. Quote Right
Quote Left Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer. Quote Right
Quote Left The last publicized center of American writing was Manhattan. Its writers became known as the New York Intellectuals. With important connectio... Quote Right
Quote Left A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in. Quote Right
Quote Left Another piece of advice: when you proofread cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. You have so many modifiers that the reader has trouble understanding and gets worn out. It is comprehensible when I write: The man sat on the grass, because it is clear and does not detain one's attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully. The brain can't grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously. And then one other thing; you are lyrical by nature. The timber of your soul is soft. If you were a composer you would avoid writing marches. It is unnatural for your talent to curse, shout, taunt, denounce with rage. Therefore, you'll understand if I advise you, in proofreading, to eliminate the sons of bitches, curs, and flea-bitten mutts that appear here and there on the pages of Life. Quote Right
Quote Left There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love, and like that colossal adventure it is an experience of great social import. Even as the tranced swain, the booklover yearns to tell others of his bliss. He writes letters about it, adds it to the postscript of all manner of communications, intrudes it into telephone messages, and insists on his friends writing down the title of the find. Like the simple-hearted betrothed, once certain of his conquest, Quote Right
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Member Quotes About Writing

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Quote Left "I stopped asking questions as a journalist and started answering them writing fiction," said Austin Macauley, UK Author who resides in Las Vegas, NV. Quote Right
Quote Left "Competitive, you bet. Life is about survival and survival is competition, but sometimes you must lose to win." Lovejoy-Burton writing as LadyLabyrinth Quote Right
Quote Left Competitive, you bet. Life is about survival and survival is competition, but sometimes you must lose to win." Lovejoy-Burton writing as LadyLabyrinth Quote Right
Quote Left my life's exciting, I sit here writing Quote Right
Quote Left What makes a man or woman, human? What makes a human put thoughts into words into stories? Surely, it is the Soul, the Higher Self that has the wish to convene with other souls. Is LOVE not the truest form of collaboration? When love transports a human out of the story into real life, then souls truly do meet. (Leanne Lovejoy-Burton writing as LadyLabyrinth) Quote Right
Quote Left What makes a man or woman, human? What makes a human put thoughts into words into stories? Surely, it is the Soul, the Higher Self that has the wish to convene with other souls. Is LOVE not the truest form of collaboration? When love transports a human out of the story into real life, then souls truly do meet. (Leanne Lovejoy-Burton writing as LadyLabyrinth) Quote Right
Quote Left "If a professional job has any purpose in life then before making a profit the idea that writing fiction to make a statement without hurting anyone using the interpretative concept should be as respected as money earned," said Austin Macauley, UK Author Marc O'Brien. Quote Right
Quote Left “Poets of every sector of life, develope a certain style to their writing.” ~William Darnell Sr.~ Quote Right
Quote Left Writing is our heart talking without the confines of voice. Quote Right
Quote Left "writing is something I've devoted myself to do up till the time i wait to die ,but that's not what's important; what's important is every time i write i make it seem like my last time on earth" Quote Right
Quote Left " ....a good writing is one that comes from the mind for this is the narrative of intelligence ,a best writing however comes from character for this is the reflection of comparison and a great writing is one that comes from the soul for this is the depth of wisdom " Quote Right
Quote Left I am struggling with mental illness. Getting my feelings out helps. I am getting counselling, and writing about my negative journey seems to help me see the light better. Quote Right
Quote Left "The best writing is understood." Quote Right
Quote Left "Only God knows destiny. For him, it is written. For you, just keep writing." Quote Right
Quote Left Irony is the monosodium glutamate of writing. Quote Right
Quote Left Writing poetry to ease my manic mind. Quote Right
Quote Left Whatever mood you are in that is what you should be writing. Quote Right
Quote Left Poetry is not just the purgation of emotions in writing or in spoken words. It is an art, something similar to a technical trade that has to be learnt practically and understood frantically. That is what makes a good poet. Each word, each verse and each stanza have their own significance, and they must be used to grace the beauty that comes with the idealism in the poem Quote Right
Quote Left Don't ever say no to writing because once you think about it it's fun Quote Right
Quote Left When life does not give you what you want. Don't tear her sheet,rather take it up again and re-write a new fate. But if she gives you an ill option again,keep re-writing till it's right. But if it persist,then seek JESUS. Quote Right
Quote Left Even if they hate how, what, or who you write about just keep writing. One day they will see what they judged as tasteless was profound. Quote Right
Quote Left '' I like to writing on my on time" Quote Right
Quote Left Be careful, you are writing your story in life with ink.a little mistake can make your work dirty or you spend the rest pf your life searching for an eraser. Quote Right
Quote Left If you write poetry, you are not an atheist. But do pray that the LORD has you writing poetry, not pooptry Quote Right
Quote Left We, fellow writers, have to keep writing Poetry in order to make the world a better place! Quote Right
Quote Left A blank page is, and can be, a wonderful thing: it is like a new day we have to fulfill by writing Poetry and serving the others!! Quote Right
Quote Left I will always defend my dreams and, i do not project my life without writing Poetry! Quote Right
Quote Left Sharing personal experiences, images, dreams and messages: this is also a side of Poetry writings! Quote Right
Quote Left I love writing and sharing Poetry. Quote Right
Quote Left We read and walked for miles along the places, writing untoward sonnet and got searching endlessly for something wonderful who would step out of the darkness and eliminate morose. Ultimately I crossed my mind that that person could be me. Quote Right
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