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a few quotes [Jul. 31st, 2004|04:20 pm]
Fiction Writers


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hey guys!

i thought i'd post some writing quotes.. just to keep everyone going, and inspired.

my personal favorites are in bold. :)

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.”
-Kingsley Amis

“Writing is like hunting. There are brutally cold afternoons with nothing in sight, only the wind and your breaking heart. Then the moment when you bag something big. The entire process is beyond intoxicating.”
-Kate Braverman

The pen is mightier than the sword.

“I think the only person a writer has an obligation to is himself. If what I write doesn’t fulfill something in me, if I don’t honestly feel it’s the best I can do, then I’m miserable.”
-Truman Capote

“The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.”
-Raymond Chandler

“It’s perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
-C. J. Cherryh

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
-Tom Clancy

“Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.”
-Charles Caleb Colton

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.”
-Robert Cormier

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
-E. L. Doctorow

“More than kisses, letters mingle souls.”
-John Donne

“Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write.”
-James T. Farrell

“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”
-William Faulkner

“One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.”

“To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.”
-Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
-Gloria Steinem
hope you guys enjoyed these.. i picked through a lot of them and found the ones i figured would be most worthwhile to keep in mind. i've had a long-time plan to make the first kingsley amis quote my senior quote... it is my favorite.

also, does anyone want me to post my other grocery-store inspired story (yeah i'm a dork) that i wrote this year? i'm not especially proud of it but since it was pseudo-published i don't really want criticism on it either because it's basically finished. if anyone wants, i can put it up here for reading and responding just to get the ball rolling. as long as you keep in mind that i am very dissatisfied with the ending.