These quotes really resonated with me. I hope you will enjoy them too. They are not arranged in any particular order.
“Writing is a kind of revenge against circumstances too: bad luck, loss, pain. If you make something out of it, then you’ve no longer been bested by these events.” Louise Gluck (author and poet, born 1943)
From my text in my Advanced Writing Class On Writing Well 31st anniversary edition by William Zinsser: “[This] thing is true of writers. Sell yourself and your subject will exert its own appeal. Believe in your own identity and your own opinions. Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it. Use its energy to keep yourself going.” p.23
“I express myself with my friends and family. Novels are not about expressing oneself, they’re about something beautiful, funny, clever and organic. Self expression? Go and ring a bell in the yard if you want to express yourself.” Novelist Zadie Smith
“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” John Edgar Wideman, writer
“Writers are driven by compulsion to put some part of themselves on paper…” Zinsser
Contrasting views? Yes. Conflicting ones? Maybe not. Thoughts?