Category Archives: Quotes for Writers

Exposed

I think a lot of writing comes out of a desire to be seen–truly seen, whatever that means–and yet, when that gaze is on you and someone really gets what you’re doing and what you’ve said, it’s terribly exposing and vulnerable and crazy-making.

~ Traci Brimhall
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Let Your Heart Be Your Guide. . . .

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth
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Embracing the Unknown

The one test of the really weird (story) is simply this–whether or not there be excited in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers; a subtle attitude of awed listening, as if for the beating of black wings or the scratching of outside shapes and entities on the known universe’s utmost rim.”
H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

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Pursuing the Muse

What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.
Maya Angelou
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A Novel Is. . .

[A novel is] a paper where your thesis is that these people are real, and you have to prove it.
Maggie Stiefvater
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Brain Pickings: Famous Advice On Writing

~ The website Brain Pickings recently rounded up some insightful advice on writing by some of literature’s most renowned authors. In need of a motivational pep talk? Inspiration perhaps? Then follow the link below.

As a side note, I find there isn’t anything more comforting than knowing our literary heroes struggled with writing as well. Their words always seemed so flawlessly composed. Effortless. Artful. These quotes, however, prove otherwise. It also doesn’t hurt to gain their wisdom either.

Enjoy the legends; enjoy the solidarity.

Link:

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/03/advice-on-writing/

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Write, Write, Write

Love the world? Write about it. Hate the world? Write a new one.
John Maurer

The Only Bug Worth Catching

“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”
— Jane Yolen, Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood

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Write Up

“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth…. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words and they backhand them across the net.”
— E.B. White

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I Concur

“I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.”
— Michael Moorcock; Elric: The Stealer of Souls