Stephen Dunn On Writing

Stephen Dunn (1939 -) You must be a little driven, and what you're doing must be crucial to you in order not to be defeated by the likely neglect that awaits you, the lack of rewards, and the fact that, by and large, your culture doesn't take you seriously.

Ann Proulx On Writing

Edna Ann Proulx (August 22, 1935 -) You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different worlds on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Louise Glück On Writing

Louise Glück (April 22, 1943 -) The fantasy exists that once certain hurdles have been gotten through, this art turns much simpler, that inspiration never falters, and public opinion is always affirmative, and there's no struggle, there's no torment, there's no sense that the thing you've embarked on is a catastrophe.

Norman Mailer On Writing

Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) A novel is more like falling in love. You don't say, “I'm going to fall in love next Tuesday, I'm going to begin my novel.” The novel has to come to you. It has to feel just like love.

Denise Levertov On Writing

Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997) Strength of feeling, reverence for mystery, and clarity of intellect must be kept in balance with one another. Neither the passive nor the active must dominate, they must work in conjunction, as in a marriage.

Philip Milton Roth On Writing

Philip Milton Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) Writing turns you into somebody who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right someday is the perversity that draws you on. What else could? As pathological phenomena go, it doesn’t completely wreck your life.

Henry James On Writing

Henry James (15 April 1843 - 28 February 1916) There it is round you. Don't pass it by — the immediate, the real, the only, the yours, the novelist's that it waits for. Take hold of it and keep hold, and let it pull you where it will.