Quotes About Writing for November

I’m four days late posting this. Sue me.

“If a writer is constantly concerned with truth, grace, order and other verities, his inner life just naturally enriches in proportion to his working.” — William Saroyan

“A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best.” — Raymond Carver

“…rescue yourself form these general themes and write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty — describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects you remember.” — Ranier Maria Rilke

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness…. It finds the thought, and the thought finds the words.” — Robert Frost

“You’re told time and time again when you’re young to write about what you know, and what do you know better than your own secrets?” — Raymond Carver

“All writing is dreaming.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“With good writing, I think, the most profound response is finally a sigh, or a gasp, or holy silence.” — Tim O’Brien

“You’re a writer, and that’s something better than being a millionaire — because it’s something holy.” — Harlan Ellison

“Ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night: must I write? Dig down into yourself for the deep answer. And if this should be in the affirmative, if you meet this solemn question with a strong and simple, I must, then build your life according to this necessity.” — Ranier Maria Rilke


3 thoughts on “Quotes About Writing for November

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  1. As a matter of fact, yes I do. I post these quotes once a month not only as a reminder to myself about what I feel I’m supposed to do, but also as a service to other writers who might find them inspiring.

    My regrets if you find my blog unoriginal, but I know of others who feel differently.


  2. in·spi·ra·tion (as defined by Merriam Webster)

    1 a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c : the act of influencing or suggesting opinions
    2 : the act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs
    3 a : the quality or state of being inspired b : something that is inspired
    4 : an inspiring agent or influence

    Now you don’t have to look it up because I did it for you.

    Hey Sam, ever have a relevant thought?

    I didn’t think so.


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