Monday, March 16, 2009

Quotes

I feel like posting some meaningful quotes on writing. Each of the following books nudged me forward in my writing journey.

“If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?”
“The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story…to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story after all.”
“The adverb is not your friend.”
“I think you will find that, if you continue to write fiction,
every character you create is partly you.”
~ Stephen King (On Writing)

“Fiction structures an experience for the reader to live through. That is why its force is so great. You want your reader to feel a certain way, you want your reader to understand what you have been forced to understand—the insight that eludes words but that you know in your bones.”
~ Bonnie Friedman (Writing Past Dark)
“One motivation for becoming a writer is that one feels more comfortable dealing with written than spoken words.”
~ Ralph Keyes (The Courage to Write)

“We write to expose the unexposed.”
“Your job is to see people as they really are, and to do this, you have to know who you are in the most compassionate possible sense.”
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.”
~ Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird)

“But if I had to come up with one word to describe what writing passionately is all about, the word would be ‘risk.’”
“The people who are the most irresistible are those who are most themselves.”
~ Elizabeth Berg (escaping into the open)


“I write because I was meant to write, I was called to write, I was told to write.
I write because that’s who I am.”
“I want the book to be a leap forward. More than that, I want the writing itself—the individual sentences and paragraphs—to be good. I want the style to be my own, and I want it to soar. I pray each day to access the God-given creativity within me to be able to write a book that deserves a good readership and has the potential to stand the test of time. That’s all I really hope for. But it’s a lot.”
~ Elizabeth George (Write Away)

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