Sunday, December 30, 2012

12 Writing Quotes to usher out 2012...

...which is Part 1 of a two-part post that continues on January 30 with 13 quotes to help 2013 get off to a rousing writing year of stories.

For Part 1, I have 12 writing-related quotes to share because I love trivia, witty and thought-provoking quotes, and clever sayings. In fact, to get my daily trivia fix, I research historical trivia and
"Tweet" four or five tidbits everyday.

My favorite quote is by author, Richard North Patterson. I keep this quote on my computer to read every time I sit down to type. Since it's my writing mantra, it has the honor of being first on the
list. The quotes that follow aren't in any particular favorite order.

Richard North Patterson
Writing is rewriting. A writer must learn to deepen characters, trim writing, intensify scenes. To fall in love with a first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the
prospects of never publishing.

Mark Twain
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, c. 65 CE
Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.

Frank Yerby
It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn't advance
the story.

Gene Fowler
Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.

Charlotte Bronte
I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.

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

Clarence Budington Kelland
I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.

Leo Rosten
Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.

Robert Benchley
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

Stephen Wright
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.

Mickey Spillane
The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.

I hope at least one of these quotes made you smile.

Until next time,

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