Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

“When you write, your object is to convey every sensation, sight, feeling, emotion to the reader…When you walk into a room and you get a certain feeling or emotion, remember back until you see exactly what it was that gave you that emotion. Remember what the noises and smells were and what was said. Then write it down, making it clear so the reader will see it too, and have the same feeling you had. And watch people, observe, try to put yourself in somebody else’s head. If two argue, don’t just think who is right and who is wrong. Think what both their sides are. As a man, you know who is right and who is wrong; you have to judge. As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”—Ernest Hemingway

"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 difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”—Mark Twain

“Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”—Colette

“I believe that what we want to write wants to be written. I believe that as I have an impulse to create, the something I want to create has an impulse to want to be born. My job, then, is to show up on the page and let that something move through me, in a sense, what wants to be written is none of my business.”—Julia Cameron

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein

"For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity."--George Orwell

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”—Julia Cameron

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

"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."—James Michener

“Creativity—like human life itself— begins in darkness.”—Julia Cameron

"A writer lives, at best, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all."—William Sansom

"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

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