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Author Quotes:

This week I chose to reflect upon the craft of writing (and life) via quotes from successful authors. Some tell it like it is, some offer inspiration, but each of them speak truthfully from the writer’s soul.  Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.

Author Quotes:

You fail only if you stop writing.

––Ray Bradbury

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.

––Stephen King

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

––Carl Sandburg

Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

––Louis L’Amour

Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

––Mark Twain

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cool to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

––Henry David Thoreau

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: do not use semi-colons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show that you’ve been to college.

––Kurt Vonnegut

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

––Ernest Hemingway

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.

––Frank Kafka

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

––E.E. Cummings

Don’t forget––no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.

––Charles de Lint

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.

––Aldous Huxley

The first draft of anything is shit.

––Ernest Hemingway

A good novelist does not lead his characters, he follows them. A good novelist does not create events, he watches them happen and then writes down what he sees. A good novelist realizes he is a secretary, not God.

––Stephen King

Almost anyone can be an author. The business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.

––A.A. Milne

Unlike the architect, an author often discards his blueprint in the process of erecting his edifice. To the writer, a book is something to be lived through, an experience, not a plan to be executed in accordance to the laws and specifications.

––Henry Miller

Only a small minority of authors overwrite themselves. Most of the good and tolerable ones do not write enough.

––Arnold Bennett

The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.

–Raymond Chandler

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