monique polak

Monique Polak's Books


We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

- Ernest Hemingway

Writing enables you to enter places inaccessible in real life, even the most forbidden spaces. More than that, it invites you to take guests along.

- Ivan Klima, Czech author and survivor of Theresienstadt

I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s greatest rewriters.

- James A. Michener

A professional writer can make himself write on a bad day.

- Norman Mailer

How can you write if you can’t cry?

- Ring Lardner

I think we write to give voice to experience.

- Joyce Carol Oates

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

- Stephen King

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

- Stephen King

You would probably do just as well to get that plot business out of your head and start simply with a character or anything that you can make come alive.

- Flannery O’Connor

I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.

- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.

- Gloria Steinem

You've got to write something every day. Some days go better than others. Writing comes easily -- once I've got it right.

- Brian Doyle

When I make a word do a lot of work…  I always pay it extra.

- Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass