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15 Quotes About Writing from Famous Authors

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, an avid reader, or none of the above you can’t help but admit the power and influence the written word has on us all. Writing can be cathartic, informative, distracting, devastating, connecting, and everything in-between.


I love writing and words and all the ways in which they can effect our lives so much (seriously) that I’m at a complete and total loss for them right now. 


So, I’m just going to let these fifteen quotes from famous authors do the rest of the talking.



“If I waited for perfection…I would never write a word.” —Margaret Atwood




“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou



“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” —Joan Didion



“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”—Virginia Woolf



“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” —Enid Bagnold




“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anaïs Nin



“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  —Sylvia Plath



“When I’m writing I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.” —Anne Sexton



“I am writing all this down in blue ink, so as to remember that all words, not just some, are written in water.” —Maggie Nelson



“In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today.” —Franz Kafka



“A person who writes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.” —Edna St. Vincent Millay



“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” —William Faulkner



Who am I? I’m just a writer. I write things down. I walk through your dreams and invent the future. Sure, I sink the boat of love, but that comes later. And yes, I swallow glass, but that comes later.” —Richard Siken



“Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say, and did.” —Sarah Kay



“The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.” —Augusten Burroughs





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5 Literary Dudes I’d Like to Trick into Dating Me This Holiday Season

There’s no good way to say this: as November comes to a close and winter beefs up, all the hot singles near you are looking for a warm body to curl up next to, especially if their apartment doesn’t have central A/C. So in honor of it officially being cuffing season, here are five dudes of lit I’d like to tangle up with the ol’ ball and chain. So without further ado,


1. Neville Longbottom, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


I’m about to mix some metaphors, but bear with me. If the Harry Potter world was the real world, Harry would be the starting quarterback who gets all the trophies, the glory, the fame, the fortune, and the groupies. Harry would also lose his hair by twenty-six, be terribly accident prone, and constantly be followed by people lurking in the shadows. Neville, on the other hand, is that sensitive, artsy boy who found puberty the summer between junior and senior year, grew a foot and a half and got smoking hot. Harry’s the John Lennon, the snarky, sulky, self-absorbed one while Neville’s the George Harrison, putting in the work and the time on the sidelines. Plus, Matthew Lewis is a total slice.


Matthew Lewis

Image via Matthew Lewis


2. John Watson, from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle


Does anyone actually want to date Sherlock Holmes? Seriously, anyone?


Gimme a dude like Watson. Watson is the sensible, thoughtful, educated, and life-experienced counterpart to Holmes’ assholery disguised as genius. He’s the rock that keeps Sherlock grounded, and really, isn’t that what we’re all looking for at the end of the day? Also, Martin Freeman.


I’m sorry this gif is so huge, but let’s all be honest here, giphy is really difficult to work with.
Gif via Giphy


3. Samwise Gamgee, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien


Samwise Gamgee is the absolute definition of ride or die. Despite stopping to declare at minute 44 of 726 (extended edition trilogy runtime) that that was the farthest he had been from home – 



Sam not only went way farther than he ever dreamed, but he literally carried his best friend up a volcano to destroy a magic ring which he doesn’t even get credit for. Sam deserves the world and I’d like to give it to him.


4. Cinna, from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins


Cinna is an incredible stylist, aesthetically perfect, and a major part of an underground resistance set on overthrowing a corrupt dystopian regime, and he does it all in gold eyeliner. Cinna made Katniss. Without him, Katniss would’ve just been another girl in bad clothes killed on TV. Yikes.


Lenny Kravitz

Is this article just an excuse to post this photo of Lenny Kravitz? The world may never know.
Image via AJ Supreme


And here’s where I realize that I was unknowingly picking characters that also have a smoke show on-screen counterpart, but here’s also where I realize that I played myself.


5. Gregor Samsa, from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


I’m not gunna lie, I always get The Metamorphosis and The Fly confused, but to be fair, they’re very similar concepts.


Jeff Goldblum in The Fly

Image is from THE FLY, not THE METAMORPHOSIS via Hero Wiki


Sure, Gregor Samsa’s life sucks. He’s a traveling salesmen who gets turned into a cockroach. He’s got the shit end of the life stick, and if he’s not careful someone might try to squash him with that stick because he’s literally a cockroach. Despite, he loves his family, cares for them, and dreams of sending his sister to a music conservatory. He’s looking out for his own, that is, until he dies just like he lived, gruesomely. It’s the American Dream.


Featured Image Via The Hunger Games Wikia (Cinna), The Leaky Cauldron (Neville), Ars Technica (Sam), BBC (Watson), photoshopped by yours truly.