Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
FLANNERY O’CONNOR (1925 – 1964)
Be amusing, never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804 – 1888)
Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders.
WALTER BAGEHOT (1826 – 1877)
A poet might pulverize his brains without earning enough to feed a cat. JOHN TAYLOR, THE WATER POET ( 1578 – 1653)
Every artist makes herself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.
WILLA CATHER (1873 – 1947)
I have no talent. It’s just the question of working, of being willing to put in the time.
GRAHAME GREENE (1904 – 1991)
About my book (Wide Sargasso Sea). It is done in the way that patchwork would be done if you had all the colours and all the pieces cut but not yet arranged to make a quilt. JEAN RHYS (1894 -1979)
There are four great motives for writing:
- Sheer egotism (uh oh)
- Aesthetic enthusiasm
- Historical impulse
- Political purpose
GEORGE ORWELL (1903 – 1950)
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it.
TRUMAN CAPOTE 1924 – 1984