Wednesday, January 30, 2013

13 Writing Quotes for 2013

I mentioned last month that I love trivia, witty and thought-provoking quotes, clever sayings and in order to get my daily trivia fix, I research historical trivia and then "Tweet" four or five tidbits every day. So in keeping with my trivia fixation, on December 30, 2012, I shared Part 1 of my list of writing-related quotes Since I listed 12 quotes to usher out 2012, today I'm sharing 13 quotes to help 2013 continue along on its writing year.

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Mark Twain
“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Mark Twain
“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

E. L. Doctorow
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

Harlan Ellison
"Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself."

Robert A. Heinlein
"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."

Rosemary Mahoney
"Writing is not a genteel profession; it's quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty."

Eugene Ionesco
"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing."

Stephen Leigh
"You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won't be able to take a break from being a writer... "

Niyi Osundare
"One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating."

Rainer Maria Rilke
"What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end--that is what you must be able to attain."

Ernest Hemingway
"The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it."

Oscar Wilde
"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."

And last, but certainly by no means least, here is my mantra again. I keep this quote on my computer to read every time I sit down to type. It keeps me humble and grounded.

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."

Until next time,

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