Five Quotations about Writing as Self-Discovery

“What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end–that is what you must be able to attain.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.” – Leo Rosten

“Reading and weeping opens the door to one’s heart, but writing and weeping opens the window to one’s soul.” – M. K. Simmons

“Writing is thinking on paper.” – William Zinsser

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.” – William Faulkner