Writing Quotes

I could give you a number of examples to show how widespread has been this practice of mutual pilfering among the authors of our old literature…. by transferring something of theirs to his own immortal work he [Virgil] has ensured that the memory of these old writers—whom, as the tastes of today show, we are already beginning to deride as well as to neglect—should not wholly perish.

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.

When I state myself, as the representative of the verse, it does not mean me, but a supposed person.

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.

A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.