Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Quotes of the Week

I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.
—Sylvia Plath

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

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.
—William Faulkner

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can write anything good.
—William Faulkner

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
—John Steinbeck

Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
—Mark Twain

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because the people fail to see it.
—James A. Michener

The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.
—Steve Martin

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
—Truman Capote

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Quotes of the Week

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
—Richard Bach

The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
—Sylvia Plath

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
—Arthur Miller

ever make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.
—Rod Serling

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.
—Jessamyn West

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.
—Stephen King

We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
—H.G. Wells

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
—Pablo Picasso

If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area.
—David Bowie

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
—Arthur Miller

here is only one way to work—Like Hell.
—Bette Davis

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
—Orson Welles

I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.
—Fran├žoise Sagan

Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
—James Baldwin

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
—Stephen Fry

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
—Stephen King

The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.
—Steve Martin

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.
—Norman Mailer

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.
—John Steinbeck

Read and write, and do these two things whenever you have a chance. Surround yourself with writers who are better than you. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t depend solely on external validation. Write about what thrills you and terrifies you.
—Karen Abbott

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

Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad– including your own bad.
—Doris Lessing

I think an artist’s only responsibility is to chase their inspiration and to fall in love. If it happens to make the world a better place, that’s great, but if you’re trying to do that consciously, it feels like homework.
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.
—Virginia Woolf

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
—Annie Proulx