More Quotes About Writing, Part 2

Good grief, it’s July already! Time to turn over to the next section in A Writer’s Book of Days. Here are some quotes and advice I liked as I was reading:

“I will go so far as to say that the writer who is not scared is happily unaware of the remote and tantalizing majesty of the medium.” – John Steinbeck

“Writing is love, a mission, and a calling, and how and where and why you write are very critical issues.” – Lynn Sharon Schwartz

“I shall live badly if I do not write.” – Francoise Sagan

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” Erica Jong

“Don’t always be appraising yourself…. Besides, you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of Time, you are incomparable.” – Brenda Ueland

“If thou are a writer, write as if thy time were short, for it is indeed short at the longest.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Instead of moving horizontally on the page, stay with the moment or revelation and go down – down – down, vertically, deeper into complication, keep going down and uncovering harder things to say about the same thing.” – Amy Hempel

“Name yourself writer. When people ask what you do, say ‘I’m a writer.’ Writing may not be the way you support yourself, but identifying yourself by your day job doesn’t give your writing the position it deserves…. When you name yourself writer first, you affirm the place writing holds in your life.” – Judy Reeves


Thoughts, anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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