Securing a guest for today totally slipped my mind. Let's just say it was due to sprint re-writing and leave it at that, shall we?
So, since I don't have anyone spouting one long, wise blog today, I thought I'd share some little snippets of wisdom in the form of quotes about writing:
"Writers must fortify themselves with pride and egotism as best they can. The process is analogous to using sandbags and loose timbers to protect a house against flood. Writers are vulnerable creatures like anyone else. For what do they have in reality? Not sandbags, not timbers. Just a flimsy reputation and a name." - Brian Aldiss
"I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it's dull, you're just not communicating." - Poul Anderson
"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable." - Sir Francis Bacon
"Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed." - Ray Bradbury
"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
"The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them." - Raymond Chandler
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly." - C.J. Cherryh
"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." Agatha Christie
"Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, the it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public." - Winston Churchill
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy
"Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it…" - Michael Crichton
I was going to do all the writing quotes I have in my database, but after seeing just how many there are, I opted to just give you A though C. Writers are a quote-worthy bunch. I'll post more next time I have a free Monday.
Look forward to next week, when I have Maria Zannini scheduled to guest. I can't wait to see what she has to say! =o)