WRITING IS HELL
I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
Honore de Balzac
What a writer wants to do is not what he does.
Jorge Luis Borges
If you're a freelance writer and aren't used to being ignored, neglected, and generally given short shrift, you must not have been in the business very long.
Poppy Z. Brite
Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer - and if so, why?
Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven't been told a million times already – that writing is harder. Lonelier. And nobler and more enriching.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein
Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
The quality which makes man want to write and be read is essentially a desire for self-exposure and masochism. Like one of those guys who has a compulsion to take his thing out and show it on the street.
It's tougher than Himalayan yak jerky on january. But, as any creative person will tell you, there are days when there's absolutely nothing sweeter than creating something from nothing.
Writing is not a genteel profession. It's quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.
People are certainly impressed by the aura of creative power which a writer may wear, but can easily demolish it with a few well-chosen questions. Bob Shaw has observed that the deadliest questions usually come as a pair: "Have you published anything?" – loosely translated as: I've never heard of you – and "What name do you write under?" – loosely translatable as: I've definitely never heard of you.
Writing is the flip side of sex – it's good only when it's over.
Hunter S. Thompson
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.
Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
If writing seems hard, it's because it is hard. It's one of the hardest things people do.
Easy reading is damned hard writing.