Quotes on Writing

“If you wish to be a writer, write.”   ∼   Epictetus, Greek life coach

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”   ∼   Jack Kerouac, beliefs challenger through spontaneous prose

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.”   ∼   Catherine Drinker Bowen, stalker of others’ lives through books

“Beware of advice – even this.”   ∼   Carl Sandburg, 3 time Pulitzer Prize winner who failed a grammar exam

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.”   ∼   C. J. Cherryh, the lover of sci-fi with her own main belt asteroid 77185 Cherryh

“I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”   ∼   Douglas Adams, 1 of 2 non-Monty Pythons to merit writing credits

“Writing is its own reward.”   ∼   Henry Miller, contributor to the US sexual revolution of the 1960s

“I can’t write five words but I can change seven.”   ∼   Dorothy Parker, donor of life’s estate to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”   ∼   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, honoured in song by Neil Diamond

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.  The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them.  Most people don’t see any.”   ∼   Orson Scott Card, aka at least 7 pseudonyms

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.”   ∼   Truman Capote, canonized to the extreme, having some of his ashes stolen twice from Johnny Carson’s ex-wife

“Be obscure clearly.”   ∼   E. B. White, member of Aleph Samach Society, Quill and Dagger Society, and Phi Gamma Delta

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”   ∼   Agatha Christie, Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

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