There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Quote Day!

See last Tuesday for more quotes like the following!

On Inspiration
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."  ~Richard Bach
"For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can."  ~Ernest Hemingway

On Instruction
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton Chekhov
"I learned to write by listening to people talk. I still feel that the best of my writing comes from having heard rather than having read." ~Gayl Jones
"Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." ~Roald Dahl
"Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don't talk about doing it. Do it. Finish." ~E. L. Konigsburg

On Revision
"Books aren't written- they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it." ~Michael Crichton
"Half my life is an act of revision." ~John Irving

On Perseverance
"The only certainty about writing and trying to be a writer is that it has to be done, not dreamed of or planned and never written, or talked about (the ego eventually falls apart like a soaked sponge), but simply written; it's a dreadful, awful fact that writing is like any other work." ~Janet Frame
"If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not–and the odds are against it–go to your desk, no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper, and write." ~J. B. Priestly
On Ideas
“As I look back on what I have written, I can see that the very persons who have taken away my time are those who have given me something to say.” ~Katherine Paterson
"Imagination needs moodling–long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering." ~Brenda Ureland

On Characters
"A writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature." ~Ernest Hemingway

"Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day." ~Ray Bradbury
On Beginnings & Endings
"The last thing one settles in writing a book is what one should put in first." ~Pascal
"Often I'll find clues to where the story might go by figuring out where the characters would rather not go." ~Doug Lawson
On Writing for Children
"A book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then." ~C.S. Lewis
"The best children's book writers are not people who have kids, but people who write from the child within themselves." ~Andrea Brown
"A child can identify with adult characters, but only if they are sympathetically drawn and simple enough." ~E. W. Hildick
"Sure, it's simple, writing for kids. Just as simple as bringing them up." ~Ursula K. LeGuin
To Amuse
"The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business." ~John Steinbeck
"The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair."  ~Mary Heaton Vorse
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." ~Groucho Marx
Share with me!
Do you agree/disagree with the writers’ advice? Have you applied any of these suggestions to your own writing? 


~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

There are some excellent quotes here. Thanks!! The one that reached out the screen and shook me by the shoulders was the one about applying the seat of my pants to the seat of my chair and finishing!

Saumya said...

Aw, I love all of these quotes, especially the Roald Dahl one (maybe because those books made my childhood)! The perseverance ones really helped me right now because I need a good kick to get going. Thanks!!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Great quotes. I've incorporated many of them but the biggest one is about revision. Books really are rewriten!

Natalie said...

I loved Katherine Paterson's quote. The only way we can be good at writing is to have some life experiences (and those require time away from the computer!)

Sandy Shin said...

I like C.S. Lewis' quote, though I'm not sure I'd agree with him. There are many books I vastly enjoyed as a child, yet found terribly boring as an adult. However, I do agree with the spirit of his quote.

These are really great quotes. Thanks for sharing!

Tahereh said...

another beautiful line up.

love these.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

John Irving, I hear you!

Shilpa said...

Richard Bach lines are truly inspiring. Right now i am in Ray Bradbury shoes on figuring out my protagonist's routine. Thanks again for the quotes!

Jen said...

Anton Chekhov & Michael Crichton said it best. That is exactly where I am at... Showing vs. Telling and rewriting.

Damn Laura you nailed in on the head! I am filled with inspiration today!!! This just added to it! I love Tuesdays Quotes they always leave me happy and ready to go!

Laura Marcella said...

Nicole- I like that one, too. It makes it sound so easy!

Saumya- I love Roald Dahl! I'm glad these helped you!

Creepy- Yes, they are! Every writer rewrites, no matter if you're unpublished like me or as huge as Stephen King or J.K. Rowling.

Natalie- Very true! I love Katherine Paterson's books, too.

Sandy- I know what you mean, but I agree with him. I think adults don't give children's books a chance unless they have children of their own. But authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer have begun to change that!

Tahereh- I'm glad you enjoyed them!!!

L. Diane- LOL, hear, hear!!!

Shilpa- Love Bradbury's quote! He makes it sound so easy, and in a way, it is!

Jen- All the rewriting can be so daunting. But with each rewrite, it means the work is heading toward the final result. I'm glad you're inspired! I hope you're having a terrific writing day!

Cat Woods said...

I am in total agreement about television being educational. I never watch it and spend all my family's tv time immersed in a good book or in my writing.

Perfectly said.

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome quotes! I love the one - Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on the glass.

AchingHope said...

"A book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then." ~C.S. Lewis LOVE that quote! :D Snap. I really need to read the Chronicles of Narnia soon, don't I?

Now on to writing! *charges forward, waving a pen*

Laura Marcella said...

Cat- That's one of my favorite quotes! Even when I'm watching sports I'm reading (except when it's gymnastics-then I'm glued to the TV). There's no competition between reading or TV– books always win!

Laura- Me too! It's a much lovelier and inspiring way to say "Show don't tell."

AchingHope- Yes, you definitely should read the Narnia books! They're really fun! Watch out you don't knock someone out with that pen you're waving around- the pen IS mightier than the sword afterall! ;)

AchingHope said...

@Laura: Haha... I shall be careful. *re-caps pen and types quietly*

Laura Marcella said...

AchingHope- LOL, you crack me up!