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    Every Writer

    “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
    ? Henry David Thoreau

    We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
    ? Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

    “The first draft of anything is shit.”
    ? Ernest Hemingway

    “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
    ? Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades

    “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
    ? Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

    “let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”
    ? Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

    “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
    ? William Wordsworth

    “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
    ? Franz Kafka

    “You can make anything by writing.”
    ? C.S. Lewis

    “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
    ? Virginia Woolf

    “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    ? Jack London

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