Thursday Thirteen: Writing Quotes II

  1. Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. (Mark Twain)

  2. No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. (Russell Lynes)

  3. An author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. (Colette)

  4. I do not like to write – I like to have written. (Gloria Steinem)

  5. A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. (Edith Wharton)

  6. I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. (Pearl S. Buck)

  7. The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. (Tom Clancy)

  8. Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing. (Heather Sellers)

  9. One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. (Hart Crane)

  10. Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. (Lawrence Kasdan)

  11. If you can’t play all the instruments in the orchestra of story, no matter what music may be in your imagination, you’re condemned to hum the same old tune. (Robert McKee)

  12. The novelist’s ambition is not to do something better than his predecessors but to see what they did not see, say what they did not say. (Milan Kundera)

  13. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. (Truman Capote )

Which of these speaks most loudly to you?

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