Writing as Heaven Viewpoint:
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Every word written is a victory against death.
Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write.
James T. Farrell
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
Miguel de Cervantes
Writers aren’t exactly people… they’re a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writing as Hell Viewpoint:
What a writer wants to do is not what he does.
Jorge Luis Borges
Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman’s name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer – and if so, why?
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein
A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works.
John Dos Passos
It’s all how you see it: Heaven or Hell…which is it for you? Or maybe it’s both, in which case, it explains why writers tend to be a bit nuts!
A Writing Primate