Quotes about writing, part #2

  1. A person who publishes a book will fully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book – nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book – nothing can help him. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  2. I’ve always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it’s a bit like fucking — which is fun only for amateurs. Old whores don’t do much giggling. Nothing is fun when you have to do it — over and over, again and again…  Hunter S. Thompson.
  3. Oh words, what crimes are committed in your name? Eugene Ionesco
  4. One wants to tell a story, like Scheherezade, in order not to die… It’s one of the oldest urges in mankind. It’s a way of stalling death. Carlos Fuentes
  5. Just tell the truth, and they’ll accuse you of writing black humor. Charles Willeford
  6. As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be? Stephen King
  7. People who understand everything get no stories. Bertolt Brecht
  8. From the interview with Charles Bukowski:

Interviewer: “What is your advice to young writers?”
Bukowski: ”Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.”

Interviewer: ”What is your advice to older writers?”
Bukowski: ”If you’re still alive, you don’t need any advice.”
Interviewer: ”What is the impulse that makes you create a poem?”
Bukowski: ”What makes you take a shit?” 

The job of the writer isn’t to answer questions. The job of the writer is to ask the questions for which there are no answers. Jens Porup

Next post – My heroes: Sophia von X


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35 Responses

  1. alexraphael says:

    Ha! One day someone will use eight quotes and an interivew excercpt of you

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      lol I understand Bukowski tho :)) ppl are asking truly stupid questions about the creative process. Remind me about the torture in the school when my teacher of literature asked: “So, what did the author mean by that image/sentence/word?” Hm, how do I know 🙂 I am not him. This is also how we learn to lie :))

  2. Great. Now I have to figure out what those questions are…. 🤔😳

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      haha 😂 let’s forget all the questions and the answers …and continue to write 🙂 p.s. should be easy considering our bad memory lol or simply amnesia

  3. Great post! Take care out there!

  4. Excellent VR. Loved Bukowski’s responses. My favorite asked of me, “How long have you wanted to write?” My answer. “Since this morning.”

  5. Jerry Laiche says:

    More great stuff from the best Russo-Swede author know🤩 glad ya’ll are doing well, Just ordered Sophia X last week, can’t wait to read it – then I won’t have to write for a while – 😃 Keep it goin’ girl!

  6. masercot says:

    Ionesco wrote a lot like you do…

  7. George F. says:

    OMG the Hunter S Thompson quote is brilliant and applies to everything…not just writing…

  8. George F. says:

    Okay, the are all great quotes. OMG.

  9. Sorryless says:

    Hunter S. Thompson was my kind of philosopher.

  10. librepaley says:

    Irresistible title and a refreshing set of quotes.

  11. Eilene Lyon says:

    These are so great! Yes, I can relate to Hunter, too.

  12. Hyperion says:

    Now I feel normal after reading your post Ray. Every time I publish a chapter, I have that feeling like in the dreams where your clothes disappear in public. I feel the breeze in places I shouldn’t. Love the quotes, and Bukowski was right. When the urge hits, it’s time to go. Have fun and wear your antivirus.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Cool! That was the purpose… we should do what we love & can best 💫💫💫

  13. kinkyacres says:

    Push forward!

  14. Ha! Buk…I always enjoy his words. Cheers!