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•I don’t hang around many writers, I find regular people a lot more interesting to talk to.
- Sefi Atta, Nigerian author and playwright


•I was working on one of my poems all morning and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
~ Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist, poet and humourist


•If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
~ Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet and professor


•Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.
~ Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian novelist and writer


•I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.
~ Sylvia Plath, poet, novelist and short story writer


•If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
~ Stephen King, American novelist


•Stories can conquer fear, you know. They make the heart bigger.
~ Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and novelist


•If the weather’s good I swim or sunbathe. I always suspect my editors of praying for rain.
~ Mary Wesley, English novelist


•Life is my biggest inspiration, followed by Lagos, which is my garden of ideas. I would atrophy as a writer if I left Lagos.
~ Toni Kan, Nigerian writer and poet


•A freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
~ Robert Benchley, American humourist and journalist


•All books are either dreams or swords; you can cut, or you can drug, with words.
~ Amy Lowell, American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner


•“Writing is not a very glamorous job. You’re alone a lot of the time, hungry, and thinking of chocolate.”
~ Jodi Picoult, American author


•Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.
~ Wole Soyinka, Nigerian author, playwright and poet


•As a writer you ask yourself to dream while awake.
~ Aimee Bender, American novelist and short story writer


•For me, a word is not just a word. A word is life, beauty and struggle.
~ Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Kenyan author


•The men who ordain and supervise this show of shame, this tragic charade, are frightened by the word, the power of ideas, the power of the pen.
~ Ken Saro Wiwa, Nigerian writer, television producer and environmental activist


•I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
~ Elmore Leonard, American novelist


•Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
~ John Le Carre, English writer of espionage novels


•When a story comes to me, I have to write it or it won't let me rest.
~ Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian-American fantasy fiction writer


•A book is like a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
~ Salman Rushdie, British-Indian novelist


•I believe it is important to speak to your readers in person...to enable people to have a whole picture of me; I have to both write and speak. I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.
~ Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian novelist and playwright

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