A Visit from some Famous Authors

I thought that today, we would invite several well-known writers to add their opinions to our blog. How did I manage that you say? Well, hidden away in one of my desk drawers, I came across a yellowed newspaper article that I remember clipping out many years ago. It contains quotes from well-known and famous writers. Some are inspiring; some are discouraging, and some are downright hilarious. Enjoy!

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of 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. For all one knows, that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention.” George Orwell

The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.” John Steinbeck

Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.” Iris Murdoch

Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publication.” Fran Liebowitz

I’ve never written a book because there’s going to be a lot of money in it, because I know that’s the surest way to take five years off your life.”  Norman Mailer

You have to sink way down to a level of hopelessness and desperation to find the book that you can write.” Susan Sontag

Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until blood forms on your forehead.” Gene Fowler

“If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn’t hesitate to do so.” Andre Gide

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” Red Smith

“Unless you think you can do better than Tolstoy, we don’t need you.” James Michener

“Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett

“I like to do and can do many things better than I can write, but when I don’t write I feel like …… I’ve got the talent, and I feel that I’m wasting it.” Ernest Hemingway

I’m in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.” Frank Lloyd Wright

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