Barbara Ehrenreich on Writing

I had discovered that writing–with whatever instrument–was a powerful aid to thinking, and thinking was what I now resolved to do.

~ Barbara Ehrenreich

Hannah Arendt on Writing

“Writing is an integral part of the process of understanding.”

~ Hannah Arendt

Werner Herzog on Writing

I’ve hardly ever written longer than five days on a screenplay because of the vehemence with which these projects come at me.

~ Werner Herzog / NYT, 23rd March 2020

Robert Harris on Writing

“It’s a profession, a job,” he says. “There’s a terrible preciousness about writing. I think that if you write, you’ve just got to get on and write.”

~ Robert Harris / Financial Times, 20th December 2019

Paul Theroux on Being a Writer

And what was it that I most liked about my work? That I had no boss, no employees, no rivals, no competitors—the freedom of being a writer? That it was a way of dealing with my life, transforming my experiences, finding ways to understand it—recording life’s joys, making its tribulations bearable, and also, in writing, easing the passage of time? Making a living this way, my own way, self-employed—that was something to like.

Paul Theroux / On the Plain of Snakes

Eudora Welty on Perseverance

“There’s no end to what can be tried, is there? So better luck next time.”

~ Eudora Welty

Walter Mosley on Legacy

“Another problem I have with literary writers is they’re thinking about legacy.”

~ Walter Mosley

Jim Harrison on Simplicity

“I’m no longer interested in getting fancy for the wrong reasons.”

~ Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison on Writing

“What people forget is that this is not a goal-oriented operation.”

~ Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison on Work

“Eventually everyone knows if you did the job or not.”

~ Jim Harrison

John Dos Passos on Writing

“When you write about something you often never think of it again.”

~ John Dos Passos

Hunter Thompson on Writing

“One of the few ways I can almost be certain I’ll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can’t avoid having your say on the subject.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Samuel Johnson on Writing

“The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”

~ Samuel Johnson

Kurt Vonnegut on Writing

“Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut

Augusten Burroughs on Writing

“Writing is like drinking in that it’s a comfort and escape but unlike drinking it leaves behind residue which you (c)an later sell.”

~ Augusten Burroughs

Hunter Thompson on Words

“Words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in order.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Tom Stoppard on Writing

“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”

~ Tom Stoppard

John McPhee on Writing

“I go hours before I’m able to write a word. I make tea. I mean, I used to make tea all day long.”

~ John McPhee

Aristotle on Writing

“In general, what is written must be easy to read and easy to speak; which is the same.”

~ Aristotle

P. D. James on Writing

“Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.”

~ P. D. James