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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Random Ramblings—Writers on Writing


Happy Thursday! I’m too busy with a fun new project to give you post today, so I’m going to share a few quotes about writing.

As writers we all seem to collect quotes (just one more thing we have in common). Here are 10 that I love :)

-Angie

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. – Anais Nin

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. – Ray Bradbury

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. – E.L. Doctorow

I try to leave out the parts people skip. – Eleanor Leonard

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very:” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain  

"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." - Agatha Christie

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." - Mark Twain

"If your characters cry, your readers won't have to; if your characters have good reason to cry and don't, your readers will do the weeping." - Orson Scott Card

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. – James Michener.

Be obscure clearly. – E.B. White

20 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

"Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very:” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain" - LOVE this!

JoLynne Lyon said...

Love these.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

These are great! Gotta' love Mark Twain. :) I also really like the Eleanor Leonard one.

Jess Stork said...

I think my favorite was the E.L Doctorow one. Lol.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I love these quotes, especially the one by Ray Bradbury; I think it definitely is something that a lot of us can relate to, because writing can be a form of escape from reality, or it can be a way to deal with it.

I love collecting quotes too; I keep a notebook of quotes by famous people, because they're fun to read.

Tara Tyler said...

so you are a crazy, drunk writer? ha!
love leaving out the parts people skip and twain the master!
thanks!

Deana said...

Great quotes! Many of my ideas have come when my hands were deep in soapy water:)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Love these. Thanks for sharing! :D

Cassie Mae said...

Love a good quote, and you gave me several. This is why you're awesome :)

Ruth Josse said...

Super quotes! I have a collection too. Are writer's really as stereotypical as that?

elizabeth seckman said...

Love them! Have fun with your project.

J. A. Bennett said...

I don't collect quotes, but I do like reading them. The Orson Scott Card one got me becasue I just finished reading Enders Game :)

Brinda said...

great quotes!

Emily R. King said...

Agatha's quote is my favorite. I can sooo relate!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

The Orson Scott Card one is my favorite. It makes so much sense!

Angela Brown said...

This one is soooo me: Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. – E.L. Doctorow

Leigh Covington said...

I love quote days!!! My favorite. And good luck with your new project!

Melissa Sarno said...

Hooray for fun new project (things that make me go hmmm...) And these quotes are fantastic. Thanks! :)

Meredith said...

Love the Mark Twain quotes! Hilarious. And that Orson Scott Card quote has me thinking. Great inspiration!

Brooke said...

Love all the quotes - I can't say I've ever read Agatha Christie - but I completely agree that a good many ideas come while doing dishes. Something about scrubbing a pot of burned rice gets the creative side of my brain going...

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