On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

Writers on Writing

“Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.”
— A. Lee Martinez

“Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.”
— Amy Joy

“Writing is its own reward.”
–- Henry Miller

“If I waited until I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.”
— Anne Tyler

“One doesn’t choose to become a writer. One is just born that way.”
— Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”
— Willa Cather

 “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
 — Ernest Hemingway

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
— William Carlos Williams

“I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”
— Patrick Dennis

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
— William Wordsworth

“Writing is a struggle against silence.”
— Carlos Fuentes

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

“Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?”
— Joan Didion








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