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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Favorite Writing Quotes

Juno Beach

"One hates an author that's all author."--Lord Byron

"You will have written exceptionally well if, by skillful arrangement of your words, you have made an ordinary one seem original."--Horace

"There is magic in storytelling."--Isabel Allende

"A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost."--Henry James

"No one can write3 decently who is distrustful of the reader's intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing."--E. B. White

"The pen is the tongue of the mind."--Cervantes

"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors,  kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."--Voltaire

"You can taste a word."--Pearl Bailey

"I write to make sense of  my life."--John Cheever

"Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders."--Walter Bagebot

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."--Benjamin Franklin

"You can't fake it; bad writing is a gift."--Richard Le Gallienne

"I never understand anything until I have written about it."--Horace Walpole

Writing Tip:

"Trusting our creativity is new behavior for many of us. It may feel quite threatening initially, not only to us but also to our intimates. We may feel--and look--erratic. This erraticism is a normal part of getting unstuck, pulling free from the muck that has blocked us. It is important to remember that at first flush, going sane feels just like going crazy."--Julia Cameron

Now go write something. I dare you.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Author of
"A Gift of Love, A Widow's Memoir"


Anonymous said...

"You can't fake it; bad writing is a gift."--Richard Le Gallienne

I love it! And judging by the number of just-awful novels out there, we are blessed with many gifted authors!!! --bob

Debra said...

How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" ~ E.M. Forster

Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?"
~ Anne Lamott

Tim Greaton said...

Love the quotes, Linda :-)