Sunday, February 9, 2014
Quotes of the Week
- Stephen King
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
- Ernest Hemingway
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
- Herman Melville
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
- C. J. Cherryh
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
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
- Ray Bradbury
A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.
- Sidney Sheldon
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
- Henry David Thoreau
If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
- David Brin
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
- Anton Chekhov
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
- Ray Bradbury