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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Some writerly quotes for encouragement

cj Sez: Maybe one of these quotes will be helpful as you strive to keep on keeping on writing:

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” –C. J. Cherryh

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” –Anne Lamott

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” –Elmore Leonard

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne

“If I waited for perfection…I would never write a word.” –Margaret Atwood

“To survive, you must tell stories.” –Umberto Eco

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” –Richard Bach

“Good writing is rewriting.” –Truman Capote

 “I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. –Stephen King

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”  –Ernest Hemingway

“If you can tell stories, create characters, device incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” –Somerset Maugham

cj's dream writing space (sigh)
“You do it a day at a time. You write as well as you can, you put it in the mail, you leave it under submission, you never leave it at home.” –James Lee Burke

“E.L. Doctorow said once that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.” – Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.)

“The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.” –Stephen King

“Writing—the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through eye—is the great invention of the world.” –Abraham Lincoln

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