Food for a writer’s thoughts



Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone. — Amy Tan


In writing and politicking, it’s best not to think about it, just do it. — Gore Vidal


Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. — Alice Walker


There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them. — Mason Cooley

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people. — Roald Dahl


Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process. — Stephen King


The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert


Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain. — J. K. Rowling


No matter how many times people say it – ‘Oh, I’m just writing this for myself’ ‘Oh, I’m just doing this for myself’ – nobody’s doing it for themselves! You’re doing it for an audience. So whether I’m performing or writing a book or playing music, it’s definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way, definitely. — Steve Martin


Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. — Don Marquis




  1. I totally agree to these quotes. Especially the first one. I haven’t realized it before, and only discovered that writing is a gift to both the writer and the reader when I got good feedback from strangers. Plus of course, I always feel a weight lifted from my shoulder after writing.

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