Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Writers on writing

A few memorable quotes from some memorable writers:  

You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.”
~Robert Frost  

You fail only if you stop writing.”
~Ray Bradbury  

Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
~Joseph Heller  
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
~Gloria Steinem  
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof bullshit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all good writers have it.”
~Ernest Hemingway  
  ”The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ”
~Anaïs Nin  
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
~Sylvia Plath  
I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
~James Michener  
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them.  The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.”
~Joan Baez  
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
~Agatha Christie  
As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.”
~Mark Twain  
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.”
~Jean Luc Godard  
Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer.  But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”
Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. It’s like actors, who try so pathetically not to look in mirrors. Who lean back ward trying — only to see their faces in the reflecting chandeliers.”

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