Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Quotes of the Week

The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
—Arthur Miller

A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn't spin a bit of magic, it's missing something.
—Esther Freud

In character, In manner, In style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
—John Keats

Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale. Inspire them.
—Frank McCourt

The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.
—Annie Dillard

The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you'll do yourself a service.
—Stephen Sondheim

Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
—Nikki Giovanni

I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

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