Notes, Quotes, and things to Inspire the Writer in You.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -- Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert)


We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little. -- Anne Lamott


All writers are discontent. That's because they're aware of a potential and believe they're not reaching it. -- William Saroyan


I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. -- Frank Lloyd Wright


When a writer is born into a family, that family is finished. -- Czeslaw Milosz


When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate and I eliminate the possibility of ever finishing. -- John Steinbeck


People are always asking me if the university stifles writers. I reply that it hasn't stifled enough of them. There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good writing teacher. -- Flannery O'Connor


Writing a book is like driving a car at night. You only see as far as your headlights go, but you can make the whole trip that way. -- E.L. Doctorow


It's the life you can't escape that gives you the knowledge you need to grow as a writer.  -- Norman Mailer


You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer.  You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one.  If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success -- but only IF YOU PERSIST.  -- Isaac Asimov


Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.  -- Sylvia Plath


A good writer is a person who has to take his excitement into a lonely room. -- author unknown


Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment. -- Pearl S. Buck


Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. -- Anne Morrow Lindburgh


Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars. -- Joan. L. Curcio


Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer.  But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. -- Colette


Very young writers often do not revise at all.  Like a hen looking at a chalk line, they are hypnotized by what they have written.  "How can it be altered?" they think.  It has to be altered.  You have to learn how. -- Dorothy Canfield Fisher


It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead. -- Rose Macauley


A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down. -- Edna St. Vicent Millay


This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly.  It should be thrown with great force. -- Dorothy Parker


Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends and society are the natural enemies of a writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. -- Lawrence Clark Powell


Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. -- Robertson Davies


If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers. -- Irwin S. Cobb, author and journalist (1876-1944)