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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Q is for QUOTES on Writing!

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” ~Anne Lamott
“Not every one of our desires can be immediately gratified. We’ve got to learn to wait patiently for our dreams to come true, especially on the path we’ve chosen.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Seventy percent of a first draft is garbage and 30 percent is gold, but you have to write 100 percent to get that 30.” ~Laurell K. Hamilton
“I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.” ~Françoise Sagan
“There is probably no hell for authors in the next world–they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.” ~C.N. Bovee
“Writing itself is an act of faith, and nothing else.” ~E.B. White
“The only writers who never see their books on the shelves are the ones who give up.” ~Holly Schindler
“Write that next book! Don't pin all your hopes and energy on one project.” ~Kirsten Hubbard
“Always be reflective about why you write–the deepest reason for your passion–and hold on to that gem of knowledge through the hard parts of your writing journey.” ~Laura Resau
“A query letter is like the perfect skirt: long enough to cover everything but short enough to be exciting.” ~Andrea Brown
"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." ~Buddha
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~Albert Einstein
“The writer’s life is about living and writing. It’s not either/or. It’s not even about striking a balance between writing and living. It’s about combining writing with living in order to be whole.” ~Colleen Sell 
“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. …. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.” ~Anne Lamott
What are your favorite quotes on writing? My Monday Quote Day posts will return May 2!

22 comments:

Bish Denham said...

One of my favorites is from Jack London, "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

Summer Ross said...

LOL- I did quotes too!

Katie Mills said...

There are so many quotes on writing. These are great. I think there's one by mark twain that ranks up there with my favorites.

Sophia Richardson said...

Don't get it right, just get it written. -James Thurber

Don’t be a writer. Be writing. -William Faulkner.
- Sophia.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

C.N. Bovee's cracked me up, as did the one from Andrea Brown.

Great quotes. :D

Bluestocking said...

Building sandcastles that won't wash away? Beautiful!

Laura Pauling said...

Of course today would be quotes! You must have a zillion piling up waiting to be shared! :)

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Doing quotes was a really good idea. I drew a blank so mine is a little lame.

Saumya said...

Love your quotes as always!!! These are all so wonderful. I love the idea that the writers who aren't on shelves are the ones who have given up and to not pin your hopes on one project. Thanks for posting just motivating quotes as always, Laura!

Dana Martin said...

HappyHappyHappy! I can never get enough quotes on writing!

Holly Ruggiero said...

Great quotes. Always insprationsal.

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

I LOVE these!

Christina Lee said...

OOoooh I like the one about the draft--makes me feel better :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love your quotes!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Laura!

J.L. Campbell said...

Wonderful quotes. I particularly like the ones that tell us that the successful writers are those who didn't give up.

Teresa aka JW said...

Oh, I love me some quotes!!! There are too many here to pick a fav...maybe Hubbard or White or Einstein...no I like them all.

Carla said...

Yay for quotes! You always have awesome and inspiring quotes. I love the quote from Holly Schindler here...it's so encouraging!

Carla

Milo James Fowler said...

"The worst stuff you write is always better than the best stuff you don't." -- Anonymous

Medeia Sharif said...

I love quotes on writing. And I like how you mixed the modern with the old. :)

Jan Morrison said...

wonderful quotes to encourage the hearts of writers...

queenofenglish said...

I did quotation marks and you did quotations -- Yours is so much more inspiring.

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