Writing Quotes for the new year….

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration … or something to distract us from our lack of it. So here are some quotes on writing I particularly liked.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman’s name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer–and if so, why?
– Bennett Cerf

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
Don’t explain why it works; explain how you use it.
– Steven Brust
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
– Peter de Vries
Make everybody fall out of the plane first, and then explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.
– Nancy Ann Dibble
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  ~Charles Peguy

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  ~Elmore Leonard

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One Comment on “Writing Quotes for the new year….”

  1. lmniewenhuis Says:

    Maybe this is more pragmatic, but Grace Paley always gave this advice to people pursuing the life of a writer: “Keep a low overhead.”

    -Loreen Niewenhuis
    http://www.LoreenNiewenhuis.com


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