Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday Thirteen #140

Today I offer you quotes about writing. If you're a writer, you might see yourself here. Or not.

1. Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. - E.L. Doctorow

2. And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. - Sylvia Plath

3. 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

4. The wastebasket is a writer's best friend. - Isaac Bashevis Singer

5. Easy reading is damn hard writing. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

6. The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. - Jules Renard

7. If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. - Isaac Asimov (note: I always thought this quote said six months, not minutes.)

8. Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. - Hannah Arendt

9. Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. - Gene Fowler

10. Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. - Graycie Harmon

11. Every writer I know has trouble writing. - Joseph Heller

12. Writing is a struggle against silence. - Carlos Fuentes

13. I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. -Norman Mailer

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  1. I've always loved the Gene Fowler quote. A couple here I haven't read before. Fun list. Happy T13!

  2. Great selection of writing quotes... and more true than not!

  3. Oh, all these are good. I like number 1. Happy TT!

  4. I was almost ready to edit out the word damn in #3! Very might actually work there too. I often feel #6 and agree with #13. Writing IS hard and people think it's easier than it is for those of us who do it.

  5. Every writer has trouble writing. How true :)

    Enjoy your Thursday!

  6. #1? Whoa...does that mean us bloggers also? Or are we exempted.

    My 13 is TV flashback, with Paul Lynde. Comedy responses HERE

    Do hope you can find time to stop by for a visit.

  7. #13 is interesting. I think he might have a point. Then again, I'm sure I could go on to find more tension somewhere else.

    You won't believe it. My capcha "word" is "tention." cue the Twilight Zone music.

  8. No. 8 is where it is at. But they are all good. No. 13 has a great deal of truth in it too. Thank you. This is very encouraging, actually.

  9. Those are terrific quotes! :)

  10. Great quotes. I think there is something there for everyone, even bloggers.

  11. I love quotes! Number 9 is familiar.


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