Writing Quotes …. take another dose

Words usually have something to hide — you have to shake them until the top pops off and some revelation tumbles out, an insight into some attitude that it would be hard to put your finger on by any other means.
– Geoffrey Nunberg, Going Nucular

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
~Arthur Polotnik

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.  ~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle.  ~John Cheever

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.  ~Baltasar Gracián

When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.  ~Burton Rascoe

An old racetrack joke reminds you that your program contains all the winners’ names.  I stare at my typewriter keys with the same thought.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.  ~Author Unknown

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.  ~Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947

I do not like to write – I like to have written.  ~Gloria Steinem

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.  ~Samuel Johnson

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.  ~Leo Tolstoy

I can’t understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.
Fred Allen

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Jules Renard

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