It's Banned Books Week. Today, someone in a nearby city, town or school system will try to hide a writer's work from the eyes of others. To learn how to help fight censorship, go to http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/
Now, some uncensored words from writers about their work.
"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
~ Albert Camus
"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
~ Thomas Mann
"Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write."
~ Robert Penn Warren
"I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again."
~ Oscar Wilde
"Planning to write is not writing. Outlining…researching…talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing."
~ E.L. Doctorow
"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
~ Somerset Maugham
"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make."
~ Truman Capote
"You become a writer because you need to become a writer — nothing else."
~ Grace Paley
"If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves."
~ Lillian Hellman