Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quotes of the Week

A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem to be a happy accident.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Repeat the mantra: #Writing is when I make the words. #Editing is when I make them not shitty.
—Chuck Wendig

Write books only if you say in them things you would not dare confide to anyone.

It doesn't have to be the truth, just your vision of it, written down.
—Virginia Woolf

A writer needs three things: experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
—Willaim Faulkner

The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
—Vladimir Nabokov

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

Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
—Ernest Hemingway

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
—Steve Jobs

If I waited until I felt like writing, I'd never write at all.
—Anne Tyler

I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
—Shannon Hale

It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people
―Woody Guthrie

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