Six Quotes About Writing

“I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live.”-Anaïs Nin

“Write hard and clear about what hurts”.-Ernest Hemingway

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”-Leonard Cohen

“He asked, “What makes a man a writer?” “Well,” I said, “it’s simple. You either get it down on paper, of jump off a bridge.”-Charles Bukowski

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”-William Faulkner

“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.”-Raymond Carver

5 thoughts on “Six Quotes About Writing

  1. There are all so great. I kept wanting to write: The Bukowski is my favorite! Wait, no! Hemingway! Ugh… that’s not right, it’s the Nin quote that really does it for me. Or maybe it’s the Faulkner. Or Cohen…But as a short story writer, you can never go wrong with Carver.

    Yeah, so… Yeah.


    • That’s as accurate a description as any to describe Hemingway and/or his work. It’s either “It’s kind of like a smack up the back of the head…but in a good way” or “It’s kind of like a smack up the back of the head…period.”

      Just depends on the situation.

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