Friday, March 18, 2011

Quotes on Writing

An extraction from my collection, correlating distinctly with this blog: Quotes and advice pertaining directly to the writing world:

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us." ~Franz Kafka

"You know you have read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as though you have lost a friend." ~Paul Sweeney

"Writing is an exploration. You start form nothing and learn as you go." ~E.L. Doctorow

"Do not come lightly to the blank page." ~Stephen King

"Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity." ~Hermann Hesse

"Creativity is making the complicated simple." ~Charles Mingus

"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familar things new." ~Sam Johnson

"I only know one story. But oftentimes small pieces end up being stories themselves." ~Patrick Rothfuss

"Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential." ~Jessamyn West

"All words are pegs to hang ideas on." ~Henry Ward Beecher

"Sometimes, if there's a book you really want to read, you have to write it yourself." ~ Ann Patchett

"Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality--Its a way of understanding it." ~Lloyd Alexander

"The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think." ~Edwin Schlossberg

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." ~Ray Bradbury

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." ~Mark Twain

"I write because I have women living inside me who lay alone on their deathbeds." ~Natasha Nelson

"Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished." ~William Wordsworth

"If you go into a room...full of books--even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you" ~William Ewart Gladstone

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