Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Quotes for Writers, part three
"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."
- Ray Bradbury
"Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it’s the readers who build that world in their own minds."
- Ursula Le Guin
"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die."
- Anne Lamott
"The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create."
- Chuck Palahniuk
"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it."
- Neil Gaiman
"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes the day happier."
- Kathleen Norris
"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it."
- Anais Nin
"The best decoration in the world is a roomful of books."
- Billy Baldwin
"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something – anything – down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head"
- Anne Lamott
"Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down, and write."
- Natalie Goldberg
Originally posted here two years ago. Photos collected from Tumblr and We Heart It, sources since lost (if you know any original sources, let me know).