Sunday, March 29, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

"I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it's dull, you're just not communicating."
Poul Anderson

"I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces."
Harold Ross

"It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page."
Joan Baez

"Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret."
Matthew Arnold

"I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly."
Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Those who write clearly have readers. Those who write obscurely have commentators."
Albert Camus

"The virtue of books is to be readable."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every writer I know has trouble writing."
Joseph Heller

"Tediousness is the most fatal of all faults."
Samuel Johnson

"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing."
Enrique Jardiel Poncela

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1 comment:

Kathryn Magendie said...

I would change one to "every writer I know has trouble writing...what the editor wants" *grin*