Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains — God composes, why shouldn’t we? Terri Guillemets
Be obscure clearly. E.B. White
“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” Enid Bagnold
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”Virginia Woolf
Let me walk through the fields of paper
touching with my wand
dry stems and stunted
~Denise Levertov, “A Walk through the Notebooks”
“Beware of advice—even this.” Carl Sandburg
“To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.”William Zinsser
“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” William Carlos Williams
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” Larry L. King
“Writers live twice.” Natalie Goldberg
“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.” Leigh Brackett
When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
The first goal of writing is to have one’s words read successfully. Robert Brault
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. E.L. Doctorow
“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” Tom Clancy
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. E.L. Doctorow
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. Charles Peguy
Writing is a struggle against silence. Carlos Fuentes
“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” Leslie Gordon Barnard
Publication — is the auction of the Mind of Man. Emily Dickinson
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.
William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath
When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation. Jorge Luis Borges