Thursday, 17 March 2011


"You ought to be able to discover something from your stories. If you don't, probably no one else will."

- Flannery O' Connor

"I recognise that I have made a whole career out of making my anxieties get up and walk around, not only in my own mind, but in the minds of readers."

-Peter Carey

"To write is to sit in judgement of yourself."

- Henrik Ibsen

Just some thoughts for the day. What are your favourite writing quotes? Can writing be taught? What kind of a writer are you, are you neurotic like Peter Carey (and like me)?


  1. Iiiiiinteresting. I don't really have any favourite writing quotes. I think maybe because you are mor aware of writing than I am... Does that make sense? Because at the moment I barely write except therapeutically; because I feel like I'm going to claw my eyes out if I don't have an outlet. So I have quotes from authors, but they're more life quotes than writing quotes... I like T.S. Eliot's, "Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity". And Jane Austen's, "Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love" has helped me sometimes...

    I don't think writing can be taught, but I think it can be refined. I think when it comes to creatve writing you either have it or you don't. But just because you have it doesn't mean that you're good - it takes work for that.

    If we're describing our writing styles in terms of mental disorders (yours apparentaly being neurosis - haha) then I guess I'd have to go with what I actually have been diagnosed with in the past; borderline. And now that I think about it, I guess it does fairly aptly describe the way I write. How interesting!

    Thanks Em! This gave me heaps to muse on during this boring Thursday morning... My reply is longer than your blog :S

  2. I love your comment, don't care if it IS longer than the blog. I will have to get you to read the article that the O'Connor quote is from, he totally agrees with you. And he's quite blunt about how useless most writers are. It really makes you want to prove him wrong!

    Also, a great Jane Austen quote that is both from the great lady herself, and my all time favourite move, The Jane Austen Book Club (this inspires A LOT of my recent writing) is "is not general incivility the very essence of love?"

    Glad to have contributed to making your day more interesting.


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