i quote: on writing

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. –Anaïs Nin

I don’t know about lying for novelists. I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they’re telling the truth. The fact is they’re using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they’re telling the truth about the human being—what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other.  –Maya Angelou

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.  –Richard Wright, American Hunger

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
–James Michener

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else. –C.S. Lewis

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.  –Isaac Asimov

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains — God composes, why shouldn’t we? –Terri Guillemets

i never think at all when i write
nobody can do two things at the same time
and do them both well
–Don Marquis

The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them. –Raymond Chandler

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment.  –Hart Crane

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