"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

9/14/10

Writing to Inspire Your Writing

I love a good quote. It's amazing what just the right words can do: make you smile, laugh, think, cry, or even change your life.

Of course, many of my favorite "quotes" are from the Bible, but there are other folks who have good stuff to say too. So, I thought I'd share some of them with you today. And, as I'm aiming to do a blog post on writing each Tuesday, I'll focus on quotations specifically about that topic.

Firstly - the quotation I chose as my motivational writing quote a few months ago (which some, apparently, find depressing LOL - different strokes, apparently!).
"A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway." Junot Diaz
And a few others (found most of them here):

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."  Toni Morrison

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." Mark Twain
 
"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke." Arthur Polotnik

"No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published."  Russell Lynes

"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." G.K. Chesterton

"Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute.  Or you might not write the paragraph at all."  Franklin P. Adams

So, which of these quotes did you like/appreciate/relate to most? Do you have another you'd like to share?
 

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

6 comments:

  1. I love writing quotes! Here's one of my favorites:

    "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

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  2. I love the ones by Toni Morrison &
    G.K. Chesterton. I also like the one that some found depressing....I don't think it's depressing at all! :)

    One I find to be true:

    "The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anaïs Nin

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  3. The last comment by Franklin P Adams is the most relatable to me. Sometimes it does take me an hour or more just to write a single paragraph. I often find that the hardest stories to write are the ones that give me the greatest feedback. I love that you've created a place to come to once a week about writing, Jo. I have so much to learn.

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  4. The Toni Morrison quote mirrors most closely my own reasons for writing. Most often I write because I want to know about someone I've never heard of before.

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  5. I love all of these especially the quote by Arthur Polotnik.

    I am going to share a quote from my twin sis, "A good writer can write about a toilet and make it sound amazing!" I can't remember the context of the statement but it makes me smile.

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