Words about Writing from Great Writers

By Bhalachandra Sahaj

Hi everyone!

A smart person, as they say, always learns from the experience of other people. When I was writing my first book, I had so many questions and doubts, but no one knowledgeable to help me solve them. I wondered whether my writing should sound the same as my speech; I doubted my storyline, considering it to be cliche; I thought that if I didn’t feel inspiration and a desire to write the book all the time, then it was forced out and bad; I had many other doubts and negative thoughts. Many of them have gone, however, when I discovered that many famous authors have left memoirs about their careers; in those memoirs, I thought, there should be something of value for me.

And indeed, there was. Here are some of the quotes, which (in my opinion) can dispel the most common doubts that amateur writers may have.

  1. “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
    - George Orwell
  2. “Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”
    - Harper Lee
  3. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
    - Oscar Wilde
  4. “I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
    - Franz Kafka
  5. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
    - John Steinbeck
  6. |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.”
    - George Orwell
  7. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    - Jack London
  8. “You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.”
    - Richard Price
  9. “Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”
    - John Updike
  10. “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
    - Neil Gaiman

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