„If you can't write a decent short story because of the cold, write something else. Write anything.“
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), A Cold Day
Contexto: If you can't write a decent short story because of the cold, write something else. Write anything. Write a long letter to somebody.
„You already know when I'm writing, so don't be surprised if it's short and dry, because I'm too hungry to write anything fat“
— Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849
As quoted in his letter to Jan Bialoblocki, written in Zelazowa Wola and dated back to December 24th 1826
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, livro The Crack-Up
Notebook E: Epigrams, Wisecracks, and Jokes https://books.google.com/books?id=NIhKY8SpAE4C&q=%22You%20don%27t%20write%20because%20you%20want%20to%20say%20something%3B%20you%20write%20because%20you%27ve%20got%20something%20to%20say.%22&pg=PA123#v=onepage, edited by Edmund Wilson (1945)
Quoted, The Crack-Up (1936)
„I'll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2.“
— O. Henry American short story writer 1862 - 1910
„You can't write. That's not writing. It's scribbling. Distasteful scribbling. Why can't you write properly?“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
Nagiko, to Jerome
The Pillow Book
„I cannot write anything that I understand too well. If I know what something means to me, if I have already come to the end of it as an experience, I can't write it because it seems a twice-told tale.“
— Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005
"The State of the Theatre" an interview by Henry Brandon in Harpers 221 (November 1960)
Contexto: I cannot write anything that I understand too well. If I know what something means to me, if I have already come to the end of it as an experience, I can't write it because it seems a twice-told tale. I have to astonish myself, and that of course is a very costly way of going about things, because you can go up a dead end and discover that it's beyond your capacity to discover some organism underneath your feeling, and you're left simply with a formless feeling which is not itself art. It's inexpressible and one must leave it until it is hardened and becomes something that has form and has some possibility of being communicated. It might take a year or two or three or four to emerge.
„Writers are there to write, not experience things. If you want to experience things, become a pirate or a Bookhunter. If you want to write, write. If you can't find the makings of a story inside yourself, you won't find them anywhere.“
— Walter Moers, livro The City of Dreaming Books
Fonte: The City of Dreaming Books
„You don't write because someone sets assignments! You write because you need to write, or because you hope someone will listen or because writing will mend something broken inside you or bring something back to life.“
— Joanne Harris, livro Blackberry Wine
Fonte: Blackberry Wine
„The solitude of writing is a solitude without which writing could not be produced, or would crumble, drained bloodless by the search for something else to write.“
— Marguerite Duras French writer and film director 1914 - 1996
„Tell, rather than write, because I have nothing to write with and writing is in any case forbidden. But if it’s a story, even in my head, I must be telling it to someone. You don’t tell a story only to yourself. There’s always someone else.
Even when there is no one.“
— Margaret Atwood, livro O Conto da Aia
Fonte: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 7 (pp. 39-40)
Fonte: The Handmaid's Tale
„The thing about writing in America—and I just recently understood this—is that writers in America have an arc. You enter writing as a career, you expect to be successful, and really it’s the wrong thing. It’s not a profession. A professional writer is a joke. You write because you can’t do anything else, and then you have another job. I’m always telling my students go to law school or become a doctor, do something, and then write. First of all you should have something to write about, and you only have something to write about if you do something. If you just sit there, and you’re a writer, you’re bound to write crap. A lot of American writing is crap. And a lot of American writers are professionals. Writing is not a profession. It’s a calling. It’s almost holy…“
— Jamaica Kincaid Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer 1949
On her views of writing in “Jamaica Kincaid: Does Truth Have a Tone?” https://www.guernicamag.com/does-truth-have-a-tone/ in Guernica (2013 Jun 17)
„The question we writers are asked most often, the favorite question, is: Why do you write? I write because I have an innate need to write. I write because I can’t do normal work as other people do. I write because I want to read books like the ones I write. I write because I am angry at everyone. I write because I love sitting in a room all day writing. I write because I can partake of real life only by changing it. I write because I want others, the whole world, to know what sort of life we lived, and continue to live, in Istanbul, in Turkey. I write because I love the smell of paper, pen, and ink. I write because I believe in literature, in the art of the novel, more than I believe in anything else. I write because it is a habit, a passion. I write because I am afraid of being forgotten. I write because I like the glory and interest that writing brings. I write to be alone. Perhaps I write because I hope to understand why I am so very, very angry at everyone. I write because I like to be read. I write because once I have begun a novel, an essay, a page I want to finish it. I write because everyone expects me to write. I write because I have a childish belief in the immortality of libraries, and in the way my books sit on the shelf. I write because it is exciting to turn all life’s beauties and riches into words. I write not to tell a story but to compose a story. I write because I wish to escape from the foreboding that there is a place I must go but—as in a dream—can’t quite get to. I write because I have never managed to be happy. I write to be happy.“
— Orhan Pamuk Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and Nobel Prize in Literature recipient 1952
" My Father's Suitcase", Nobel Prize for Literature lecture http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2006/pamuk-lecture_en.html (December 7, 2006).
„I want to write — I want to write — I want to write and never never never will. I know it and I am so unhappy and it seems as though nothing else mattered. Whatever I'm doing, it's always there, an ultimate longing there saying, "Write this — write that — write —" and I can't. Lack ability, time, strength, and duration of vision. I wish someone would tell me brutally, "You can never write anything.“
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh American aviator and author 1906 - 2001
Take up home gardening!"
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971)
— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992
The Casebook of the Black Widowers (1980), p. 177
Contexto: When you write a short story... you had better know the ending first. The end of a story is only the end to the reader. To the writer, it's the beginning. If you don't know exactly where you're going every minute you're writing, you'll never get there — or anywhere.
— James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941