Hello, followers! Happy Monday. I know it gets a bad rap, but I like Mondays. They’re like fresh cut grass. Or new white shoes. A chance to try again.
Today, I’ll be going to a writing seminar! My first one. Wish me luck! I hope I’m not the youngest one there. As I prepared for the Write Your Book seminar, I thought about what made me start writing in the first place, what compels me to keep putting pen to paper, and why. So I’ve compiled some of my favorite quotes on what it means to be a writer. Be sure to let me know your own favorite quote on writing in the comments!
- “Writing is the dragon that lives underneath my floorboards. The one I incessantly feed for fear it may turn and devour my ass. Writing is the friend who doesn’t return my phone calls; the itch I’m unable to scratch; a dinner invitation from a cannibal; elevator music for a narcoleptic. Writing is the hope of lifting all boats by pissing in the ocean. Writing isn’t something that makes me happy like a good cup of coffee. It’s just something I do because not writing, as I’ve found, is so much worse.”
― Quentin R. Bufogle
- “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”
― George R.R. Martin
- “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
- “Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
- “Now, as a writer, the whole world is your nail polish display, and what’s more, you can help yourself. A thrilling, colourful array of gorgeous human peculiarity revolves before your eyes, and you still can’t quite believe it’s all yours for the taking. ― Lynn Coady
- “Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream when you are awake, intentionally. So I get up early in the morning, 4 o’clock, and I sit at my desk and what I do is dream. After three or four hours, that’s enough. In the afternoon, I run. The next day, the dream will continue.” ― Haruki Murakami
- “The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels…. These things are your becoming.” —Cheryl Strayed
- “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it”
― Roald Dahl
- “Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.”
― Sylvia Plath
August Blair is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media manager. She studies creative writing at Georgia State University. She loves reading, sweets, and warm weather. A story about her life with a mental illness has been published in the next volume of The i’Mpossible Project. It is available for pre-order and will be in stores November 2017. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.