Wise Words

P.D. James, who passed away recently, is known as the “Queen of Crime,” yet she’s also widely admired for blurring the line between the crime novel and literary fiction. She launched her career as a novelist by writing from 6 AM to 8 AM before going to her civil service job. She was forty-two when her first novel was published. Recently, Buzzfeed gathered together some pungent and inspiring PD James quotes on writing that I wanted to share with you:

“Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the
study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer,
however happy, however tragic, is ever wasted.”

“Learn to write by doing it. Read widely and wisely.
Increase your word power. Find your own individual
voice through practicing constantly. Go through the
world with your eyes and ears open and learn to
express that experience in words.”

“It shows considerable wisdom to know what you
want in life and then to direct all your energies
towards getting it.”

“Crime fiction confirms our belief, despite some
evidence to the contrary, that we live in a rational,
comprehensible, and moral universe.”

“Increase your word power. Words are the raw
material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary,
the more effective your writing. We who write in
English are fortunate to have the richest and most
versatile language in the world. Respect it.”

“Write what you need to write, not what is currently
popular or what you think will sell.”

“Read widely and discriminately. Bad writing is

“It is undoubtedly a lonely career, but I suspect
the people who find it terribly lonely are not
writers. I think if you are a writer you realise
how valuable the time is when you are
absolutely alone with your characters in
complete peace.”

Wise words from a woman who surely wrote dangerously. Inspired and energized, let’s write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply