Quotes on Writing and Madness

We write to taste life twice, once in the moment and once in retrospection. – Anaïs Nin.

It’s true that when I live I often write in my head. And once I write I live again.

And to write is to sow and to reap at the same time. – Elie Wiesel

You give and you get at the same time, when you create. Writing can put you in the perfect state of flow, when time and space get erased. It’s only you and ecstatic focus.

But for some people, writing, creating another world is just an escape from unsatisfactory reality.

Writing let me escape… It let me escape the insistent tug of my family, and its ongoing misery. Sitting in front of the computer, with the screen blank and the cursor blinking, was the best escape I knew. And there was plenty to escape from. – Jennifer Weiner

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. – Ray Bradbury

I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own like a climate, a country, an atmosphere where I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. – Anaïs Nin

The world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. – Gloria E. Anzaldua

Many believe that in order to write well, one needs to suffer a lot.

Write hard and clear about what hurts. – Ernest Hemingway

Some believe that writing is so demanding that you need to be crazy to do it. Some believe that in order to write well, you need to be crazy, literally.

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. – William Styron

You can’t be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you? – Kate Winslet, in Quills

Writing is seen as a tool for clearing up one’s mind.

Writing works better at cleaning up the mess than doing laundry or making beds. – Linda Gray Sexton

One writes not to please the audience, but just to release himself.

In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself; to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratifications, is a curious anticlimax. – Alfred Kazin

Writing is the way to organize life by putting it into a story. It’s finding the meaning in chaos.

You digest and absorb your life by turning it into stories … Other events—the ones you can’t digest—they poison you. Those worst parts of your life, those moments you can’t talk about, they rot you from the inside out. … But the stories that you can digest, that you can tell—you can take control of those past moments. You can shape them, craft them. Master them. And use them to your own good. Those stories as important as food. Those are stories you can use to make people laugh or cry or sick. Or scared. To make people feel the way you felt. To help exhaust that past moment for them and for you. Until that moment is dead. Consumed. Digested. Absorbed. – Chuck Palahniuk

Some people try to escape thinking, but if you are brave to face reality and your inner world, writing is a great tool.

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. – Norbet Platt

Sometimes the writer gets surprised with what comes out. That’s the pleasure of revelation.

I sometimes need to write things which I cannot completely control but which therefore prove that what is in me is stronger than I am. – Albert Camus

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