Authors, Books, Writing

Famous Quotes by Writers on Writing

There’s a reason some of us call ourselves writers.  There is something mysterious or alluring about the beckoning page or blinking screen.


There is a certain power to writing.  The power of the pen.  Or for those who aren’t semi-Luddites like me, the power of the keyboard.  Perhaps we should call it the power of the page, for in publishing, don’t we transfer thoughts, sensations, imagery and emotions onto readers?  Aren’t we, in a sense, conveying something on the page through a character or idea?


I love writing, have always loved it.  I love reading books by other authors; I love the power of words really.  It is no wonder I got into writing with my adoration of literature.  And, of course, I couldn’t get those pesky voices out of my head.  Okay, before I babble too much in this post, I thought I’d pass on some thoughts of what other authors feel about “writing” as well.  Here they are, and to me I wholeheartedly agree:

“Writing is… being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page.”
– Mary Gaitskill
“Paper is more patient than man.”
– Anne Frank
“Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.”
– Stephen King
“I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing.”
– Anaïs Nin
“For me, writing is like a little hole in reality that you can go through and you can get out and you can be someplace else for a while.”
– Stephen King
“When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.”
– Charles Baxter

 “The pressure disappeared with the first word he put on paper.”

– Ayn Rand


“I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.”

– C.S. Lewis

“Language is power… language can be used as a means of changing reality.”
– Adrienne Rich
 “There is a mystery in all great writing…Each time you re-read you see or learn something new.”
– Ernest Hemingway


Just think about it.  I bet there are some books you’ve read that simply resonate with you; even if you can’t count them as favorites, there’s a reason a passage or two stuck out in your mind.   I think literature affects us all differently; we come from different places in our lives, different backgrounds, different environments and all of those things can have an impact on how we view the world.  That’s why reading, to me, is so wonderful because you can sometimes see some of that bleed through on the page.  Or, maybe the author knew enough about the subject to be convincing enough that he or she reached us from the page.   It’s something to think about anyway.  🙂


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