“Sincerely, transferring thoughts via written language feels rather like a super-power, or at least smacks of sorcery. Writing ideas or jokes that successfully make the leap to be made manifest in the mind of the reader feels pretty terrific. I am grateful for the opportunity to take a swing at that practice.”
– Nick Offerman
(On what writing is)
“Telepathy, of course. It’s amusing when you stop to think about it–for years people have argued about whether or not such a thing exists, folks like J. B. Rhine have busted their brains trying to create a valid testing process to isolate it, and all the time it’s been right there, lying out in the open like Mr. Poe’s Purloined Letter. All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation.”
— Stephen King
“The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same as for love. No one can really hold that the ecstasy should be static and stand still in one place.
It begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky event, and ends in a clarification of life — not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion. It has denouement.”
— Robert Frost
“I’m afraid I live and breathe the horrific stereotype of the writer camped at a table in the corner of the coffee shop, hunched over his notebook, inches away from a giant neon arrow and sign that that says, ‘Behold His Creativity’.
Why the coffee shop works for me I don’t know, although I have read articles putting forward theories about how certain levels of ambient noise are conducive to creative thinking, so who knows. Maybe it’s just the coffee.”
— James Roberts, on his writing process
“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”
― Neil Gaiman
“And sometimes remember it will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That’s what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except that story.”
— Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”
“The life of a writer is absolute hell compared to the life of a businessman. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him…
A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”
— Roald Dahl
“Writers and artists build by hand little worlds that they hope might effect change in real minds, in the real world where stories are read.
A story can make us cry and laugh, break our hearts, or make us angry enough to change the world.”
— Grant Morrison, “Supergods”
“We’re so familiar with written language that we sometimes forget how outlandish a concept it must have seemed to our ancestors. Writing allowed people to copy and transfer their thoughts and their tribal codes of conduct to others, even unto generations they themselves would not live to personally instruct, affect or control. The words themselves must have seemed alive and immortal and as “holy” as ghosts. Written law was thus a way of mastering time and influencing the future, a weapon greater than fire and steel, I hope you’ll agree.”
– Grant Morrison