Sunday, March 8, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.”
Joan Didion

“The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.”
Russell Baker

“If you have anything to say, anything you feel nobody has ever said before, you have got feel it so desperately that you will find some way to say it that nobody has ever found before, so that the thing you have to say and the way of saying it blend as one matter—as indissoluble as if they were conceived together.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them.”
Tobias Wolff

“Like the committed writer, the passionate writer is sure of herself. Not only that, she's on fire with certainty. Ideas explode from her like hot spots from the sun. When she writes, she tears the paper with her enthusiasm.”
Judy Reeves

“What a release to write so that one forgets oneself, forgets one's companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next-to be drenched in work as one is drenched in sleep or in sea. Pencils and pads and curling blue sheets alive with letters heap on the desk.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“1. Find a subject you care about. 2. Do not ramble, though. 3.Keep it simple. 4.Have the guts to cut. 5. Sound like yourself. 6.Say what you mean to say. 7. Pity the readers.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.”
Salman Rushdie

“I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”—Katherine Mansfield

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