20 Great Quotes


20 Great Quotes ~

Inspiring quotes start my days in a creative frame of mind. Before my daily writing begins, I choose, at random, a quote for the day. Sort of a dose of inspiration that often comes with a slap of reality. Some of my favorites come straight from a writer's world:

“If you do not hear music in your words, you have put too much thought into your writing and not enough heart.” — Terry Brooks

“Keep asking questions because people will always want to know the answer. Open with a question and don’t answer it until the end.” — Lee Child

"I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be stilled.” — Sylvia Plath

“The secret of it all is to write… without waiting for a fit time or place.” — Walt Whitman

"Tell The Damned Story"
“No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” — Charles de Lint

"Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very", your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." — Mark Twain

“Good stories are not written. They are rewritten.” — Phyllis Whitney

"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.” — Elmore Leonard

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” — Tom Clancy
"This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” — Neil Gaiman

"It's Perfectly Okay To Write Garbage"

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” — Octavia E. Butler

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” — Louis L’Amour

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” — C. J. Cherryh

“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.” — Harlan Ellison

"The Lightning Bug And The Lightning"

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” — E. L. Doctorow

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain

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