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Showing posts with label Quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quotes. Show all posts

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Susan Wittig Albert

"Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered ' I ' who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even contradictory versions of ourselves that we create for different occasions, different audiences... Most important, as we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize that what we understand and imagine about ourselves is a story. And when we know all this, we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves whole."

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Louis L’Amour

"If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow."

William Campbell Gault

"If you haven't got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you'll only have to throw away the first three pages."

John Aldridge

"Fitzgerald never got rid of anything; the ghosts of his adolescence, the failures of his youth, the doubts of his maturity plagued him to the end. He was supremely a part of the world he described, so much a part that he made himself its king and then, when he saw it begin to crumble, he crumbled with it and led it to death."

Daniel Quinn

"Most beginning writers - and I was the same - are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that they've never tasted themselves. How can you make a great - or even an adequate - bouillabaisse if you've never had any? If you don't really understand why people read mysteries - or romances or literary novels or thrillers or whatever - then there's no way in the world you're going to write one that anyone wants to publish. This is the meaning of the well-known expression "Write what you know."

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Quotes (4)

If you are pointing out one of the things a story is about, then you are very probably right; if you are pointing out the only thing a story is about you are very probably wrong - even if you're the author.
Neil Gaiman

I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.
Cormac McCarthy

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either.
Robert Graves

Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.
Neil Gaiman

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley

Quotes (3)

Gin and water is the source of all my inspiration.
Lord Byron

Whisky and beer for fools; absinthe for poets.
Ernest Dowson

Really, I can't imagine the drug scene. My generation are drinkers and smokers; I wouldn't stick a needle in myself for a hatful of golden guineas.
Philip Larkin

It is splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your words and make them pop like chestnuts.
Gustave Flaubert

No iron can stab the heart with such force as a full stop put just at the right place.
Isaac Babel 

It's almost a month now, and I've scarcely finished a single page.
Martial AD C.40-C.104: Epigrammata,tr. James Michie 

All experience is good for writers - except for physical pain.
William Trevor

Quotes (2)

The most essential gift of a good writer is a built-in shockproof shit detector.
Ernest Hemingway

Plot is a Verb.
Ansen Dibble

If the summary of your own story turns out to be one you haven't already seen fifty times, so much the better. If not, don't worry: all the love stories haven't yet been written, nor anything close.
Ansen Dibble

Beginning a character's dialogue by letting him name the other person is the obvious way of telling the reader to whom he is speaking.
Jean Saunders

Rather, very, little, pretty - these are the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood of words...we should all be very watchful of this rule, for it is rather an important one and we are pretty sure to violate it now and again.
William Strunk & EB White

A good too many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a SAE big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
Ring Lardner

Get that first draft down on paper. If you are stuck in some section just put a page with 'here so-and-so finds out where the key was hidden,' or 'here there's a scene where they fall in love,' or ' I don't know exactly what happens here,' then plunge on. Get it all down. Finish the book.
Dominick Dunne

I have had a sign on my typewriter for 20 years, that says - 'don't think, do it!'.
Raymond Bradbury

I'm a frustrated actress. I act all these characters. If I don't cry about them, if I don't laugh at their jokes, if I don't lose my temper and if I don't swear, it doesn't seem that I am writing them; someone else is. I act all these characters, I live these characters. And I never use four-letter words either, just all the 'damns' and 'blasts', and nor will I go into the dockyard atrocities of sex. I imply it and let the reader take it from there,"
Catherine Cookson


If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
Kingsley Amis

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

It is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
Anthony Burgess

In good writing, words become one with things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Robert Frost