I AM A WRITER. My thoughts on paper are so much better than out of my mouth. The words don’t roll off of my tongue the same way they flow from my pen or tap onto my monitor. I often wonder whether my brain is connected to my pen instead of my mouth. The ear is not as forgiving as the page. My spoken words are few. It is difficult to edit what has been spoken.
I AM A WRITER. I tried to hide it, reject it, downplay it, but I am a writer. I am a writer because it is so hard that it is easy. Writing is so easy that it’s hard. So hard that it hurts. So easy that it hurts. But mostly, I hate that I love it so much. Every thread of my being whispers, screams, demands, fears, knows that I AM A WRITER.
“I would say if a man is going to write on chemistry, he learns chemistry. The same is true of Christianity. But to speak of the craft itself, I would not know how to advise a man how to write. It is a matter of talent and interest. I believe he must be strongly moved if he is to become a writer. Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch.’ Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I for one must get it out.” -C. S. Lewis
“The most defeatist thing I hear is, ‘I’m going to give it a couple of years.’ You can’t set a clock for yourself. If you do, you are not a writer. You should want it so badly that you don’t have a choice. You have to commit for the long haul. There’s no shame in being a starving artist. Get a day job, but don’t get too good at it. It will take you away from your writing.” -Matthew Weiner
“No man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”-C. S. Lewis
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King
“Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.” -Zadie Smith
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” –George Orwell
“Why does one begin to write? Because she feels misunderstood, I guess. Because it never comes out clearly enough when she tries to speak. Because she wants to rephrase the world, to take it in and give it back again differently, so that everything is used and nothing is lost. Because it’s something to do to pass the time until she is old enough to experience the things she writes about.” –Nicole Krauss
“…I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.” – Gloria E. Anzaldúa
“Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.” –Mark Twain
“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.”
– Erica Jong