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

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Quote Day!

TV came relatively late to the King household, and I’m glad. I am, when you stop to think of it, a member of a fairly select group: the final handful of American novelists who learned to read and write before they learned to eat a daily helping of video bullshit.
{Stephen King}
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
{John Muir}
Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.
{Elie Wiesel}
The first draft reveals the art, revision reveals the artist.
{Michael Lee}
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}
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. 
{Terry Pratchett}
Creativity lies not in the done but in doing.
{Julia Cameron}
Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.
{Stephen King}
Happy Monday and happy writing, Zigzaggers!!!

19 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

I love all of them! Esp. Stephen King's!

Tara Tyler said...

revision reveals the artist all right, cutting erasing and polishing =)
have a great week!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I LOVE the last one. So true!

I'm glad to hear Michael Crichton say that. Now I don't feel bad about how many times I rewrote the ms I'm querying.

Currently, I'm revealing the art of my story. Can't wait to start revealing myself as the artist.

Journaling Woman said...

I like Terry Pratchett's quote. I might add to it, imaginative stories bring out the critics as well.

Is it jealousy? :)

Teresa

SP Sipal said...

I'm so glad you do this, Laura! It's a great way to start the week.

I love the last King, the Crichton, and Pratchett especially. :-)

Tracy Jo said...

Great quotes!

Talli Roland said...

Loving that quote by King! Very true.

Indigo said...

Wicked awesome quotes! I couldn't agree more with Stephen King. (Hugs)Indigo

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Great quotes Laura.
The Terry Pratchett one made me laugh!

Southpaw said...

Oh my, it is hard to choose a favorite today, but i have to go with the Michael Lee quote.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Love the Terry Pratchett quote! I know people like that, too.

Pat Hatt said...

Some great quotes, King's Pratchett and Lee's I liked best.

Karen Strong said...

Great quotes as always. Love the Michael Lee quote. :)

Bish Denham said...

I love that one by Terry Pratchett. He's a favorite of mine.

Leigh Covington said...

I love good quotes and these are awesome! Seriously - I think I may print some off and hang them up in the office! The ones that is striking a cord today is the one from Michael Lee. Yeah - I needed that today. :) Thanks!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The first King quote is hilarious!

Saumya said...

Love the quotes by King and about revisions. Revisions can be so difficult and seem tedious but they're an essential part to the final product. I love King's last quote. I was reading an author interview where the author was about to give up on her writing career and then spotted a woman jogging in the park. The woman had a blonde braid coming out of her cap and something about the way it moved inspired one of the main character's in the author's next book!

Anna Staniszewski said...

I love this one:
"The first draft reveals the art, revision reveals the artist."

Very appropriate as I'm slogging through a first draft. :-)

Laura Marcella said...

Thank you for all the comments, everyone!!! It seems like Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, and Michael Lee are tied for #1 favorites in this bunch. :) Hope you all are having a wonderful week! Happy writing!!