Writerly Wisdom

For our delight, sparkling gems to guide and goad us to greater heights today:

“If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise; attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it.”   H.G. Wells

“To write that essential book, the only true book, a great writer does not need to invent it … since it already exists in each of us, but merely to translate it. The duty and task of a writer are those of a translator.”   Marcel Proust

“Much of what we see in the universe . . . starts out as imaginary. Often you must imagine something before you can come to terms with it.”   Clifford D. Simak

“The writer is a creator of options. The writer enables people to discover new truths and possibilities within themselves and to fashion new connections to human experience.”     Norman Cousins

“Books as well as food nourish and warm people. Books make connections.”   May Sarton

“It takes less time to learn how to write nobly than how to write lightly and straightforwardly.”   Nietzsche

“No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing.”   E. B. White

“It is the business of the writer to hide the fact that writing is his business. Readers are not interested in the mechanics of authorship.”   A.A. Milne

“Don’t forget, and don’t let your reader forget, that the small world in which you have held him for the last hour or two hasn’t ended. Be aware, and make him aware, that tomorrow all of its remaining inhabitants will pick up the broken fragments of their lives and carry on.”           Joseph Hansen

“What one has learned must be passed on or life is nothing.”   Anonymous

And now, inspired to do our part to enliven this joyous art, let’s all 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.
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