Saturday, February 7, 2009
Writing Quotes of the Day
"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
"Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes all the pressure off the second."
"To publish a work of novel length, one must find…some means of satisfying the ordinary reader's first requirement for any piece of writing longer than fifteen pages, the sense that things are moving, getting somewhere, flowing forward. The common reader demands some reason to keep turning the pages. Two things can keep the . . . reader going: argument or story."
"The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes."
"The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things, and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things."
"Easy reading is damn hard writing."
"Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped." Lillian Hellman
"You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again."
"Yes, I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers."
"If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves."