"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."
Anaïs Nin (via criticlyanonymous)
"To write fiction, one needs a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations."
Aldous Huxley (via writingquotes)
Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is; I always used to bemoan the fact that I couldn’t draw, but now I’m overjoyed that at least I can write. And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself….I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!
When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?
I hope so, oh, I hope so very much, because writing allows me to record everything, all my thoughts, ideals, and fantasies….
So onward and upward, with renewed spirits. It’ll all work out, because I’m determined to write!"
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (1995 Definitive Edition), 4/5/44
Just read this and it really spoke to me. So I thought I’d share it.
"The more complex and overwhelming the threat to a protagonist, the better the opportunity for the author to create a compelling conflict and a dramatic resolution."
Terry Brooks (via writingquotes)
"Try to be original in your play and as clever as possible; but don’t be afraid to show yourself foolish; we must have freedom of thinking, and only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things."
Anton Chekhov (via writingquotes)
"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."
~Vita Sackville-West (via criticlyanonymous)
"Only a few of us are going to be willing to break our own hearts by trading in the living beauty of imagination for the stark disappointment of words."
Ann Patchett (via word-cavities)