He was such a bad writer they . . .


took away his poetic license. Ha! Milton Berel said that. Gotta love Uncle Milti.He also said, "Laughter is an instant vacation." Here are some other writerly quotes I like. How about you. Like to add any.

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
- Ernest Hemingway

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
- Barbara Kingsolver

This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address.
- Barbara Kingsolver

There is no satisfactory explanation of style, no infallible guide to good writing, no assurance that a person who thinks clearly will be able to write clearly, no key that unlocks the door, no inflexible rules by which the young writer may steer his course. He will often find himself steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.
- E. B. White

Never throw up on an editor.
- Ellen Datlow

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.
- Emily Dickinson

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
- William Faulkner

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
- Stephen Wright

3 comments:

Phoebe said...

haha, I like the "never throw up on an editor" one XD

Caroline said...

Love quotes, collect them. All of them were good. Like the one about writing a book and have the pages numbered. Some days feel like that. LOL

Susan Salley said...

OK - my favorite from Oscar Wilde. It's not about writing but is about marketing:
The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated.