Five Great Quotations about Why We Write

“I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing.” – Anaïs Nin

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” – Joan Didion

“I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“A storyteller makes up things to help other people; a liar makes up things to help himself.” – Daniel Wallace

“I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.” – W. Somerset Maugham


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.