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Quotes About Writing

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.

~Anne Rice

I read a lot of first chapters and took delight in hurling books across the room if I knew I would not be reading the second chapter. Then I’d go and pick them up again, because they are books, after all, and we are not savages.

~Neil Gaiman

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

~E.L. Doctorow

For half a century I have been writing my thoughts in prose and in verse – history, philosophy, drama, romance, satire, ode and song. I have tried all. But I feel I have not said the thousandth part of what is in me. When I go down to the grave I can say, like many other, “I have finished my day’s work.” But I cannot say, “I have finished my life.” My day’s work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight, it opens on the dawn.

~Victor Hugo

I write out of a greed for lives and language. A need to listen to the orchestra of living. It is often said that a writer is more alive than his peers. But I believe he might also be a sort of narcoleptic who requires constant waking up by his own imaginative work. He is closer to sleep and dream, and his memory is more haunted, thus more precise.

~Barry Hannah

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

~Jules Renard

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