Category Archives: Quotations

Austin suggested this for us

  A few years ago for NaNoWriMo, Neil Gaiman sent the following email to hopeful NaNo’s, I thought it may be helpful to the class: Dear NaNoWriMo Author, By now you’re probably ready to give up. You’re past that first … Continue reading

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William Faulkner

I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.

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Bernard Malamud on what writing does

My writing has drawn, out of a reluctant soul, a measure of astonishment at the nature of life.

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Julie Myerson on the pleasures of writing

Writing gives me such enormous pleasure, and I’m a much happier (and therefore nicer) person when I’m doing it. There’s a place in my head that I go to when I write and it’s so rich and unexpected – and … Continue reading

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Form and desire

[Form is] an arousing and fulfillment of desire. A work has form insofar as one part of it leads a reader to anticipate another part, to be gratified by the sequence. –Kenneth Burke

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Ronan Bennett on the pleasures of writing

I am not a tortured writer. Sometimes the writing does not go well and I can feel frustrated and disappointed with myself. Sometimes I do not feel like writing and sometimes I lose faith in what I’m writing. But I … Continue reading

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Will Self on the pleasures of writing

I gain nothing but pleasure from writing fiction; short stories are foreplay, novellas are heavy petting – but novels are the full monte. Frankly, if I didn’t enjoy writing novels I wouldn’t do it – the world hardly needs any … Continue reading

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