Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

Here you go, 13 quotes about writing.

1. I'm just another writer, still trapped within my truth . . . Sometimes When We Touch, Written by Dan Hill and sung by Barry Manilow, among others.

2. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. - Ernest Hemingway

3. Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down - Robert Frost

4. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.  - Anais Nin

5. True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance. - Alexander Pope

6. Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing. - Sylvia Plath

7. I will carry on writing, to be sure. But I don't know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter. - J K Rowling

8. I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous.  - Keith Richards

9. The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. - Lee Iacocca

10. It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. - W. H. Auden

11. Writing is the supreme solace. - W. Somerset Maugham

12. Writing is hard work and bad for the health. - E. B. White

13. Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. - Jorge Luis Borges

These came from this website:

I have had this song on my mind for two days.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 212th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. A great collection of writing quotes, Anita. I love how diverse the people quoted here are.

  2. Great Thursday Thirteen!!!

    "To keep myself from talking too
    much... I write"

  3. I always love collections of writers' quotes like this - so much inspiration and there's usually at least one which kicks my butt into gear!

    I needed that. ;)

    Happy TT!

  4. What a great list! Whoever would have thought that Sylvia Plath would make me smile?

  5. Love the quotes! I'm also with Sylvia on this one... and E.B. White today. Happy TT!

  6. I love the Robert Frost description of free verse.

    Writing to me seems to be about freeing yourself while also keeping control.

  7. A nice selection--there were a couple I had not seen before. Also, the Dan Hill song? That is one of my all-time favorite songs.

  8. I like Lee Iacocca's quote a lot.

    Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

  9. 1. dang. misheard lyrics. I thought it was trapped within my youth.

    4. She nailed that.

  10. OH, I should never have clicked on that tuneworm. Now I'm going to have to go to Youtube and flush it out with some other song.

  11. A collection of writing quotes from a diverse group of writers - a good Thursday Thirteen.

  12. These are some great quotes, I've definitely felt several of them. It's interesting to know JK Rowling feels that way. But again, if I was a billionaire from my first 7 books, I might not publish anything else either! *grin*

    Happy T13,

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  13. Slyvia Plath .... ok let's go publish what we have scribbled :D I enjoyed your list; recognized no. 1 right away.


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