Thursday, June 18

Just a few quotes on writing and for writing;

“I lived to write, and wrote to live”
-Samuel Rogers

“Nothing will work unless you do.”
-Maya Angelou

“Writing only leads to more writing.”
-Sidonie Gabrielle

“Don't get it right, just get it written”
-James Thurber

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
-C. S. Lewis

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
-Cyril Connolly

Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing.
-Heather Armstrong

I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
-Honore de Balzac

The cure for writer's cramp is writer's block.
-Inigo DeLeon

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
-John Ruskin

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
-Leonard Bernstein

Learn as much by writing as by reading.
-Lord Acton

Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.
-Rhys Alexander

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
-Samuel Johnson

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Practice, practice, practice writing. Writing is a craft that requires both talent and acquired skills. You learn by doing, by making mistakes and then seeing where you went wrong.
-Jeffrey A. Carver

The pen is the tongue of the mind.
-Miguel de Cervantes

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
-Benjamin Franklin

If any man wishes to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.

Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself. Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.
-Susan Isaacs

The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say but what we are unable to say.
-Anais Nin

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
-Mark Twain

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
-William Wordsworth

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