Wednesday, June 24, 2015

12 QUOTES for Writers

Here are 12 quotes about writing that give me great food for thought.

LIFE and WRITING
A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.   
Angela Carter

I don’t believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.     —Ray Bradbury

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day-work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.     —David Brin

Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.    ―John Green

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.     —E. L. Doctorow

Writing is its own reward.    —Henry Miller

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.     —Somerset Maugham

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.      —Edgar Rice Burroughs

WRITING and EDITING
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.     —Harper Lee

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
Larry L. King

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.     —Catherine Drinker Bowen

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.     —C. J. Cherryh

YOUR TURN
Which of these is your favorite, that inspires or resonates with you? 
(I like them all, but I like John Green's the best!)

8 comments:

  1. I appreciate John Green's remark about a career for introverts. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I like all of these for different reasons. But I especially agree with David Brin. (You have to have a life to draw from, after all.) And C. J. Cherryh's comment gave me my smile for the day.

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  3. I laughed at Green's especially. I'd just had a conversation with my daughter about how I decided against becoming a teacher because I hate public speaking; I'm content to be quietly alone, so editing (and writing) has been a perfect career choice for me.

    I'd like to believe Brin's quote is true and that all the stuff I do beside write helps me be a better writer.

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  4. I like all of them and Green's is my favorite. I prefer writing versus public speaking.

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  5. I love quotes! The last one is my fave :) I always right quick and dirty, and then edit away!

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  6. Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.

    I second that! Everyone is looking for the easy road, but no matter the path you take there are twists, bumps and ditches.

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  7. Ha, I love this one from Edgar Rice Burroughs: If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.

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  8. RB's quote is such a mind twister. I read it three times. Gave myself a headache. :) And I'm with Lynda. ERB's rawks!

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