Occasionally, I will post particular quotes that offer some unique perspective on writing or advice. This is where quotes of the past will be archived for the reader to peruse at their leisure.
September 25, 2013
“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make. ”
– Truman Capote
“…it’s fun. I do have fun writing, and a long time ago, I told myself, ‘You got to have fun at this, or it’ll drive you nuts.’”
– Elmore Leonard
“The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page… Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising… and it’s magic and wonderful and strange.”
– Neil Gaiman
“writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.”
– Terry Pratchett
“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.”
– Anne Rice
May 9, 2013
A Writer Writes…Always
“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 Buck
“I know writers who write only when inspiration comes. How would Isaac Stern play if he played the violin only when he felt like it? He would be lousy.”
– Madeleine L’Engle
“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
– Jane Yolen
April 23, 2013
Surprising one’s self
“I would get up every morning, go to my office and write without qualms until I felt it was time to go home. As I neared the end I was too frightened that I might lose the conclusion – which I did not know yet – and so I merely sat in the garden and wrote in a notebook. I suddenly felt an enormous tension; but my ended, when it came, surprised me into laughter. I felt like a spectator at my own game.”
– Anita Brookne
April 14, 2013
Becoming a Writer
“The first movie star I remember is Lon Chaney.
The first drawing I made was a skeleton.The first awe I remember having was of the stars on a summer night in Illinois.
The first stories I read were science-fiction stories in Amazing.
The first time I ever went away from home was to go to New York and see the World of the Future enclosed in the Persiphere and shadowed by the Trylon.
My first decision about a career was at eleven, to be a magician and travel the world with my illusions.
My second decision was at twelve when I got a toy typewriter for Christmas.
And I decided to become a writer.”
– Ray Bradbury
Zen in the Art of Writing
When did you decided to become a writer?
April 9, 2013
Advice to beginning writers
“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If not, throw it out the window.”
– William Faulkner