“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy.
There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
--Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
"I understand that as a man your initial response to women talking about misogyny, sexism, rape culture and sexual violence is to wave your hands in the air like a drowning man and cry, “Not all men! Not all men!” as if to signal yourself as someone who is not an entitled, presumptive fuck-whistle, but please believe me that interjecting yourself in that way confirms that you are. Because forcing yourself into safe spaces and unwelcome conversations makes you exactly that."
--Chuck Wendig from "Not All Men, But Still Too Many Men"
“Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.” ~-Chris Hadfield, astronaut
Quoted in "Making Your Passion Your Career (Despite the Naysayers) by Esther Litchfield-Fink
Melissa Brown Levine is a copy editor, proofreader, manuscript consultant, and writer.