Inspirational Maxims

Every writer I know has trouble writing.  ~Joseph Heller, satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Author of Catch-22

 

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And you edit to let the fire show through the smoke.  ~Arthur Polotnik, editor

 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou, American author and poet. Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

 

Personal narrative writers must manufacture a text, imposing narrative order on a jumble of half-remembered events. With that feat of manipulation they arrive at a truth that is theirs alone, not quite like that of anybody else who was present at the same events.  ~William Zinsser, American writer, editor, literary critic. Author of On Writing Well.

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.  ~Alice Walker, American author, poet, and activist. Author of Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple.