Monday, August 12, 2013

Writerly Quotes - Part 3

And here we are with the quotes again.  I scrolled down the database and came up with nothing writerly in the Is or the Js.  So today, we're starting with the Ks, ans seeing where that takes us.

Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position. - Stephen King

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists’ discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. - Milan Kundera

If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow. - Louis L'Amour

In every great novel, who is the hero all the time? Not any of the characters, but some unnamed and nameless flame behind them all. - D.H. Lawrence

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. - C.S. Lewis

It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write. - Sinclair Lewis

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London

The writer’s joy is the thought that can become emotion, the emotion that can wholly become a thought. - Thomas Mann

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. - Thomas Mann

The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can’t fool around. If you write about someone else, you can stretch the truth from here to Finland. If you write about yourself the slightest deviation makes you realize instantly that there may be honor among thieves, but you are just a dirty liar. - Groucho Marx

If you want to be a writer, you need to read, and you need to write. Everything else is varying shades of bullshit… - Seanan McGuire

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. - James Michener

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. - James Michener

Good writing is about making yourself and your ideas understood by someone else. - Miss Snark

Well, we made it to M today.  I hope you enjoyed these quotes and maybe were inspired by a few.


  1. Louis L'Amour has long been a hero of mine. Sinclair Lewis has a point. And Seanan McGuire tells it like it is! :)

    Happy Monday. Now get writing!

  2. I do love Seanan. I haven't read a lot of Louis L'Amour, but he's awesome. And I love Lewis's point - writers write. Love to get writing, but I'm 'between projects' - which means that since I have no idea what I'm doing next, I'm screwing off. ;o)

  3. Stop screwing off!!!

    Oh, um, quotes...yes! Good ones today. I love the Michener one - even his advice about writing is beautifully written!!!

  4. LOL, Janet. =op

    One of these days, I need to read something by Michener - other than quotes from him.


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