You can quote me
Last updated 22/09/2013
If you have quotes that have inspired you to
write, please share them with us.
Here are some to get you started:
"I never think of stories as made things; I think of them
as found things.
As if you pull them out of the ground, and you just pick them up." Stephen King, interviewed by Neil Gaiman
manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious
Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply
come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address.
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.
who write clearly have readers. Those who write obscurely have commentators.
keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
"Imagination grows by
exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in
W. Somerset Maugham
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
"Great ability develops
and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment."
"Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.
Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read!
You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
"The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea."
"If a book is not alive in the writer's mind, it is as dead as year-old horse-shit."
"You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning.
Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like."
Phyllis A. Whitney
Nothing is written until it's re-written. (Gene Perret)