Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Writer Quotes

So, it's been a slow week, writing-wise. I did start work on my thesis novel, and that's going well enough, but there's not enough there to comment on yet. Suffice it to say, I understand my main character well, so that's good. At least, well enough to stop myself twice because "she wouldn't act like that."

I've also learned that I have become so used to rejection letters that when one says, "Thank you for sending us your work. Unfortunately, we have no place for it in our magazine. Please remember us in the future," I feel all warm and tingly because that means THEY LIKED IT! They just couldn't use it.

Because it's a slow week, I decided to list a bunch of fun writing quotes I found lately, both funny and inspiring.

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
—George Orwell

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet."

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”
—Peter Handke

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King

"The cure for mixed metaphors, I have always found, is for the patient to be obliged to draw a picture of the result."

“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.”
—May Sarton

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
—Ernest Hemingway

"Only a mediocre writer is always at his best."

"Writers don't get mad. They just write you into their next novel (as the victim)."

"If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing."

 And last but not least,

"I write fiction. What's your superpower?"

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