...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.
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.
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
Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.
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.
Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.
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.
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
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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