Saturday, May 24, 2008

Writing Quotes of the Day

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day's works is all I can permit myself to contemplate.”—John Steinbeck

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.”—Richard Harding Davis

“Write it, even if you think it's terrible. Don’t prevent yourself from jotting down a word, phrase, or paragraph just because it ‘isn't quite right’ or ‘it won't work.’ Maybe it will, maybe it won't, but it's better to write it down, you can always edit later. And you don't want to stop yourself before you even get started! The point isn't to use everything you write. You can't be expected to pop out perfect prose your first time out! Write now, edit later.”—Cristine Grace

“Know that it is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and the fear of failure.”—Brenda Ueland

“If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.”—Mickey Spillane

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”—E.L. Doctorow

“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to popular belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”—William Somerset Maugham

1 comment:

Shirley V. said...

The Doctorow quote about good writing has always inspired me. Being rained upon is such a simple, common experience. But to be able to evoke the sensation through words is anything but simple. It is the goal beyond my grasp, to which I continually aspire.