Why Don’t You?

You have four hours every morning, the statement would rise like a menacing wraith. You have time to write many thousands of words. Why don’t you? And the answer was always lost in a tangle of becauses and wells and endless reasons that he clung to like a drowning man at straws.

Richard Matheson Quotes (Author of I Am Legend and Other Stories). (2020). Retrieved 20 February 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8726.Richard_Matheson

Most Writers Can Never Divorce Themselves From Their Private Lives

I think most writers can never divorce themselves from their private lives and personas; they are the ones that are writing. And the more they remove themselves from their own persona, the more, perhaps, mechanical the work becomes.

Richard Matheson Quotes (Author of I Am Legend and Other Stories). (2020). Retrieved 20 February 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8726.Richard_Matheson

Trying To Squeeze A Story From My Head

I’m sitting in my office trying to squeeze a story from my head. It is that kind of morning when you feel like melting the typewriter into a bar of steel and clubbing yourself to death with it.

Richard Matheson Quotes (Author of I Am Legend and Other Stories). (2020). Retrieved 20 February 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8726.Richard_Matheson

Good Work Can Only Appear When The Writer Is Relaxed

Experience has taught me that good work can only appear when the writer is relaxed and open, when she or he is able to attune her or himself to a deep inner music and then sing on the page.

Siri Hustvedt Quotes (Author of What I Loved). (2020). Retrieved 19 February 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/40851.Siri_Hustvedt

We Will Not Blame You If Your Words Go Down In Flames

Make up a story. Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created. We will not blame you if your reach exceeds your grasp. We will not blame you if your words go down in flames and nothing is left but their scald. Or if, with the reticence of a surgeon’s hands, your words suture only the red places where blood might flow. We know you can never do it properly – once and for all. Passion is never enough; neither is skill. But try.

Toni Morrison Quotes (Author of Beloved). (2020). Retrieved 18 February 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3534.Toni_Morrison

Writer’s Block? I’ve Heard Of This

Writer’s block? I’ve heard of this. This is when a writer cannot write, yes? Then that person isn’t a writer anymore. I’m sorry, but the job is getting up in the fucking morning and writing for a living.

Warren Ellis Quotes (Author of Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1). (2020). Retrieved 16 February 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12772.Warren_Ellis