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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting For Wikipedia...

"Writing is a dog's life, but the only one worth living."--Gustave Flaubert

Dear Diary,

Wikipedia is dark today. 
 
Offline. 
 
Unavailable. 
 
Poof!
 
Not there.
It has to do with the anti-piracy bill before Congress.

So, in honor of truth and all those writers out there seeking information on any subject they are in process of writing about, today I offer the following quotes on truth:

"Honesty for a writer is rather different from honesty for others. Honesty, outside literature, means not lying, establishing trust through honorable conduct, absolute reliability in personal and professional dealings. In writing, honesty implies something rather different: it implies the accurate, altogether truthful, reporting of feelings, for in literature only the truth is finally persuasive and persuasiveness is at the same the measure of truth. One might think this would be easy enough to do, but it isn't especially when one is under the added pressure of making both the feelings and the reporting of them keenly interesting."--Joseph Epstein

"If an ordinary person is silent, it may be a tactical maneuver. If a writer is silent, he is lying."--Jaroslav Seifert

"Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, ore often than not, accomplish the opposite."--Edward Albee

"In the spider web of facts, many truth is strangled."--Paul Eldridge

Until this time next time.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

Today's Writing Tip:

When writing a work of fiction for children, weave a moral lesson. Think "War Horse," a children's book made into a movie. Imagine, two warring sides unite in the name of helping an animal in distress.

Today's Writing Quote:

"Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail."--Theodore Dreiser

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well I met a woman today who said she was a writer...I said "me too"...but what I have written, not much, writer's block you know....she said schedule 30 minutes a day to write....hey, think I'll start tonight....thanks