Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quotes of the Week

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
- 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

1 comment:

  1. One of my all-time FAVE writers. Listen to her...she won't steer you aground.

    It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
    - C. J. Cherryh