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.
You fail only if you stop writing.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.
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.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
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.
The first draft of anything is shit.
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.
Almost anyone can be an author. The business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
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.
Only a small minority of authors overwrite themselves. Most of the good and tolerable ones do not write enough.
The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.