Five Great Quotations about Why We Write

“The purpose of writing is both to keep up with life and to run ahead of it.” – William Saroyan

“I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.” – Octavia E. Butler

“The only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.” – Samuel Johnson

“A writer writes to a great extent to be read (let’s admire those who say they don’t, but not believe them).” – Albert Camus

“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.” – Neil Gaiman


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.