Five Great Quotes about Writing as Self-Discovery

“The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel.” – Gustave Flaubert

“In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself.” – Alfred Kazin

“Creative writing was not a form of psychotherapy, in ways both sublime and ridiculous, it clearly was, precisely that.” – A.S. Byatt

“Writing fiction is a solitary occupation but not really a lonely one. The writer’s head is mobbed with characters, images and language, making the creative process something like eavesdropping at a party for which you’ve had the fun of drawing up the guest list. Loneliness usually doesn’t set in until the work is finished, and all the partygoers and their imagined universe have disappeared.” – Hilma Wolitzer

“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.” – Sharon O’Brien