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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On Writing

All of the following quotes were borrowed from Not for Robots, my new favorite site about writing. :) 

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
-Mark Twain

“The important thing is that there should be a space of time, say four hours a day at the least, when a professional writer doesn’t do anything but write. He doesn’t have to write, and if he doesn’t feel like it, he shouldn’t try. . . . But he is not to do any other thing, not read, write letters, glance at magazines . . . . Two very simple rules, a: you don’t have to write. b: you can’t do anything else. The rest comes of itself.”
-Raymond Chandler

"As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move. . . similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle."
- Honore de Balzac

"I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee."
- Flash Rosenberg

"If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk."
- Raymond Inman

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but, "That's funny. . ."
-Isaac Asimov

"There are some books which refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself."
- Mark Twain

"You must convince yourself that you are working in clay and not marble, on paper and not eternal bronze; let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes. No one will rush out and print it as it stands. Just put it down; then another."
-- Jacques Barzun

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."
-Isaac Asimov

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful, lest you let others spend it for you."
- Carl Sandburg

"Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential."
- Jessamyn West

1 comment:

  1. Great quotes. My favorite was the last one: "Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential."- Jessamyn West

    I've found that to be absolutely true. No matter what you have to say, no matter how valuable it might be to the bulk of the human race, someone will strenuously object to it. Sometimes they will object to the actual ideas you've tried to convey. Sometimes they will object most because those ideas come from you. This is most true when you are attempting to convey some form of an eternal truth - a truth that you, yourself, are not perfect at living 100% of the time.

    It takes guts to write truths that convict yourself. And it takes guts to write what you think and feel because people will use your exposure of yourself to hurt you. It is much easier to hide in silence than it is to expose yourself to harm.

    But you must always remember . . . hiding never improved a person or the world around him.


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