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ANNIE DILLARD

“At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — it is handed to you.”

ANNIE DILLARD

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.”

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

23

170 reads

RAYMOND CHANDLER

“The test of a writer is whether you want to read him again years after he should by the rules be dated.”

RAYMOND CHANDLER

22

181 reads

GEORGE ORWELL

“Sheer egoism… Writers share this characteristic with scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers, soldiers, successful businessmen — in short, with the whole top crust of humanity.”

GEORGE ORWELL

20

202 reads

SUSAN SONTAG

“There is a great deal that either has to be given up or be taken away from you if you are going to succeed in writing a body of work.”

SUSAN SONTAG

21

233 reads

E.B. WHITE

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”

E.B. WHITE

22

182 reads

STEPHEN KING

“In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”

STEPHEN KING

25

318 reads

JENNIFER EGAN

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”

JENNIFER EGAN

26

416 reads

ITALO CALVINO

“To write well about the elegant world you have to know it and experience it to the depths of your being… what matters is not whether you love it or hate it, but only to be quite clear about your position regarding it.”

ITALO CALVINO

22

202 reads

URSULA K. LE GUIN

“One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.”

URSULA K. LE GUIN

23

493 reads

DAVID OGILVY

“Never write more than two pages on any subject.”

DAVID OGILVY

21

185 reads

ANTON CHEKOV

Mastering the essential complementarity of compassion and total objectivity.

ANTON CHEKOV

20

345 reads

NEIL GAIMAN

“You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”

NEIL GAIMAN

23

186 reads

RACHEL CARSON

“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in… you will interest other people.”

RACHEL CARSON

24

467 reads

TED HUGES

“The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light.”

TED HUGES

20

339 reads

JOAN DIDION

“Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write.”

JOAN DIDION

20

213 reads

ALISON BECHDEL

“It’s by writing… by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present.”

ALISON BECHDEL

24

182 reads

T.S. ELIOT

“Don’t write at first for anyone but yourself.”

T.S. ELIOT

23

362 reads

HELEN DUNMORE

“A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”

HELEN DUNMORE

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191 reads

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

“You have to tell your own story simultaneously as you hear and respond to the stories of others.”

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

23

184 reads

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