What a Real Writer Is

Here are some wits and witticisms about what a “real” writer is by Maeve Maddox:

(A writer is determined and bull-headed:)

It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis

I can write with a crying child on my lap. I have. Often. ~ David Baldacci

(I can do that; except when in a bad mood)

We write because something inside says we must and we can no longer ignore that voice. ~ Sheila Bender

(It’s better to write than talk to fools)

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. ~Hart Crane

(In other words, follow suggestion below)

The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write. ~ Annie Dillard

(That is guaranteed)

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax. ~Alfred Kazin

(Sometimes, when you get published, it’s not as satisfying as you expected.)

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron

(Our mind is like a sponge; it won’t take anymore when it’s full. It’s also like a computer; it needs defragmentation)

Anonymity is like virginity. Once lost it’s gone for good –Sarah Sands

(A warning to those who will not use pen names)
(comments from pochp)

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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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4 Responses to What a Real Writer Is

  1. writerdood says:

    I particularly like the last bit about anonymity. The interesting thing about this day and age, though, is that you actually can reacquire it. Just start a new account, or submit your material from another source, or work with a different agent under a different name.

    • pochp says:

      I’ve been through a long, nasty chat and debate about this issue WD
      and I wish you were there and had given this your excellent feedback!
      I’ll surely notify you when the debate resumes 🙂 Thanks WD.

  2. Some excellent quotes and some good points. Thanks for sharing these. I really like Annie Dillard’s quote.

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