: "'The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.'
'Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.'
'It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.'
'Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.'
'The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.'
'A metaphor is like a simile.'
'I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.'
'A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.'
~John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune, 10 September 1961
'It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so boring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order.'
~Ann Beattie, Picturing Will, 1989
'What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window.'
'Loafing is the most productive part of a writer's life.'
~James Norman Hall
'Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until deat"