„A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing.“
"Post to the Host" (July 2005) http://www.publicradio.org/columns/prairiehome/posthost/2005/07/
Kontext: Journalism is a good place for any writer to start — the retailing of fact is always a useful trade and can it help you learn to appreciate the declarative sentence. A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing.
„If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.“
— Lillian Hellman American dramatist and screenwriter 1905 - 1984
„The good stories, of course, write themselves. And somebody wants to know who are the really good writers, and how many of them there are. There aren't any. Most of the writers are likeable frauds. Some are unlikable frauds.“
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
It's Down the Slippery Cellar Stairs (1995)
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Book II, ch. 18.
„… In a way, the author is a writer's public persona. The writer, however, is a private person. Anyone who expresses life's experiences--their own or someone else's--in writing is a creative writer, and for him or her, the most important concern, the passion, is the writing itself…“
— Lucha Corpi 1945
On how she defines “author” in “Interview with Mystery Author Lucha Corpi” http://latinola.com/story.php?story=8074 in ¡Latino LA! (2009 Dec 4)
„Young writers take that most communal object, language, and perform on it that most individual act, creation.“
— Samuel R. Delany, buch Neveryóna
Appendix B, “Acknowledgments” (p. 447)
„It is a general observation that people write as they read. As a rule, careful writers are careful readers and vice versa. A careful writer wants to be read carefully. He cannot know what it means to be read carefully but by having done careful reading himself. Reading precedes writing. We read before we write. We learn to write by reading. A man learns to write well by reading well good books, by reading most carefully books which are most carefully written.“
— Leo Strauss, buch Persecution and the Art of Writing
Quelle: Persecution and the Art of Writing (1952), How to Study Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise, p. 144
„Many writers write a great deal, but very few write more than a very little of the real thing. So most writing must be displaced activity.“
— Ted Hughes English poet and children's writer 1930 - 1998
The Paris Review interview
Kontext: Many writers write a great deal, but very few write more than a very little of the real thing. So most writing must be displaced activity. When cockerels confront each other and daren’t fight, they busily start pecking imaginary grains off to the side. That’s displaced activity. Much of what we do at any level is a bit like that, I fancy. But hard to know which is which. On the other hand, the machinery has to be kept running. The big problem for those who write verse is keeping the machine running without simply exercising evasion of the real confrontation. If Ulanova, the ballerina, missed one day of practice, she couldn’t get back to peak fitness without a week of hard work. Dickens said the same about his writing—if he missed a day he needed a week of hard slog to get back into the flow.
„There is much for a young writer to learn from our poorest writers. It is very destructive to burn bad books, almost more destructive than to burn good ones.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), A Cold Day
— Anthony Trollope, buch Barchester Towers
Quelle: Barchester Towers (1857), Ch. 20
„Indeed, it is tempting to suppose that it is self evident that things should be so arranged so as to lead to the most good.“
— John Rawls, buch A Theory of Justice
Quelle: A Theory of Justice (1971; 1975; 1999), Chapter I, Section 5, pg. 25
„Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory.“
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
Paris Review interview (1958)
Kontext: Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.
„Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing.“
— Alex Haley African American biographer, screenwriter, and novelist 1921 - 1992
"The Shadowland of Dreams"', published in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work (1996) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maida Rogerson, Martin Rutte and Tim Clauss; also in Alex Haley : The Man Who Traced America's Roots (2007), a collection of stories and essays by Haley published in Reader's Digest between 1954 to 1991.
Kontext: Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone at the typewriter. “You’ve got to want to write,” I say to them, “not want to be a writer.”
The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor-paying affair. For every writer kissed by fortune, there are thousands more whose longing is never requited. Even those who succeed often know long periods of neglect and poverty. I did.
— John Ford (dramatist), The Broken Heart
Act I, sc. iii.
The Broken Heart (c. 1625-33)
„You cannot teach creativity—how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.” Mario Vargas Llosa“
— Mario Vargas Llosa Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, and essayist 1936
„The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Paris Review interview (1958)
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
Quelle: The Last Night of the Earth Poems