What is “Gut Level”?

ml-093009f“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”
Anais Nin

“The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Emile Zola

“Only ambitious nonentities and hearty mediocrities exhibit their rough drafts. It’s like passing around samples of sputum.”
Vladimir Nabokov

“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things…”
Neil Gaiman

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
E.L. Doctorow

“A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.”
Nelson Algren

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