Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some Inspirational Words

Good writing evokes sensation - not the fact that it's raining, but the feel of being rained upon. - E.L. Doctorow

All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath. - F. Scott Fitzgerald / Or doing a cliff dive!

Write like you're in love. Edit like you're in charge.

If you want to write you have to be willing to be disturbed. Kate Green

Don't concentrate so hard on your vision that you lose your sight. Stay tuned to unanticipated sparks.

Thanks to James Scott Bell for his encouraging Tweets!


Carla Swafford said...

A couple I live by...

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

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

Louisa Cornell said...

We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside of you.” ~Natalie Goldberg

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
― Stephen King

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it 'got boring,' the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
― Stephen King, On Writing

And one of my all-time favorites :

“Running a close second [as a writing lesson] was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”
― Stephen King

Heather said...

My favorite: "Just keep swimming" - Dory in Finding Nemo

Cari Hislop said...

Thanks for all the lovely quotes! I LOVED Steven King's On Writing. I found it a great kick up the backside and the best book on writing I've ever read. I normally have numerous quotes taped all over my work room, but since moving about six months ago I still haven't sorted through my piles of stuff and my walls are empty. I got up to look for a few favorite quotes, but found instead three very useful/desired items.
1) A coupon for an eye test which is good for two more weeks (I'd totally forgotten about it and I badly need new glasses).
2) The notes I took for one of my unfinished books. Glancing over the notes I just realized a whole new aspect to the story I'd previously missed.
And 3) The words to Purcell's round 'Under this Stone lies Gabriel John' (which I've been trying to sing, but I can't remember words and I'd forgotten I'd written them down).

A quote to myself..."Read the blog post for Romance Magicians every might keep insanity and blindness at bay!" :)