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Quotes on Writing

The novel is an event in consciousness. Our aim isn't to copy actuality, but to modify and recreate our sense of it. The novelist is inviting the reader to watch a performance in his own brain.
- George Buchanan
Every word written is a victory against death.
- Michel Butor
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me.
- Jack Dann
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
There are many reasons why novelists write ? but they all have one thing in common: a need to create an alternative world.
- John Fowles
Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
- Melinda Haynes
My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.
- John D. MacDonald
Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.
- Jules Renard