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Writers on Writing

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.
― Lloyd Alexander

So true. Who is Lloyd Alexander? Was he part of the Reformation movement? I skipped most of that period.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
― Sylvia Plath

How many times have I noticed that?

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
― Robert Frost

Well thank goodness, tears serve a purpose.  I thought I was just a big baby.

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
― Philip Pullman

That makes me feel less pointless.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
― Winston Churchill

Well there goes that ruse.

The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.
― Stephen King, Different Seasons

So that’s what my problem is.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
― Henry David Thoreau

I’m working on it, okay? Now give me some room here.

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
― Kurt Vonnegut

Oh hell yes, I didn’t even know that I was jumping.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
― Ernest Hemingway

Yeah, and have an amazing editor.


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