Karen Desrosiers'
Favorite Writing Quotes
Karen Desrosiers                41 Washington Street, #3          Exeter, NH 03833                  kdesrosiers@ttlc.net
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I love quotes about writing and the writing life, and here are some of my favorites...


"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."  ~ E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~ Gloria Steinem

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” ~ Red Smith

“Finally one just has to shut up, sit down, and write.” ~ Natalie Goldberg

“Success is never so interesting as struggle.  Not even to the successful.” ~ Willa Cather

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ~ Richard Bach

“What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog … ?  The question is: Can you write?” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“[A writer] should also live with someone who can cook and who will both be with one and leave one alone.” ~ Lorrie Moore

“Writers will happen in the best of families.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“Writing is a fascinating, arduous and solitary profession. The technical skills necessary to produce even a commonplace novel are quite as complicated as those necessary for a brain operation.” ~ Hugh MacLennan

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” ~ Maya Angelou

"I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this."  ~ Cormac McCarthy

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader--not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."  ~ E.L. Doctorow

"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing."  ~ Eugene Ionesco