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10 Quotes on Writing by Erica Jong

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Erica Jong on Writing

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.”
“Blocks usually stem from fear of being judged. If you imagine the world is listening, you’ll never write a line.”
“Critics write out of intellectual exercise, not poets. Poets write straight from the heart.”
“You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.”
“It's easier to write about pain than about joy. Joy is wordless.”
“What a damnably lonely profession writing is! In order to do it, one must banish the world, and having banished it, one feels cosmically alone.”
“I believe that there's a force of life in the universe, and that when we're writing or making music or painting, we're likely to connect with that flow.”
“The only rule I have when writing is to try to tell the truth. That doesn't mean you can't exaggerate, edit, rewrite things to make them more dramatic. But emotional truth is what I look for in writing.”
“Each day that I don't write I get more fragmented.”
“Despite all the cynical things writers have said about writing for money, the truth is we write for love. That is why it is so easy to exploit us.”
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