Writing is…

Writing is a product of silence.
~ Carrie Latet

Writing is a struggle against silence.
~ Carlos Fuentes

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
~ Jules Renard, Journal, 10 April 1895

Writing is both mask and unveiling.
~ E.B. White

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
~ Franz Kafka


Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts Jan. 16

There’s nane ever fear’d that the truth should be heard,
But they whom the truth would indite.
   ~ Robbie Burns, “Here’s a Health to Them That’s Awa”

Theme: Old Acquaintances


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Weekly Writing Quote

i never think at all when i write
nobody can do two things at the same time
and do them both well
~ Don Marquis, Archy’s Life of Mehitabel, 1933


Meant to post this last night, but was distracted by actual story writing (which is a good thing, considering I’m still a bit behind).  This quote comes to us from Philip Pullman, via the weekly NaNoWriMo pep talk.

When asked, “Where do your ideas come from?”, he replies:

I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to: they come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again.

So get ye off the evil temptress that is Internet, and back to your writing desk – or wherever it is you write best. That’s where I’m off to now – the living room couch, with my trusty laptop and a fresh pot of coffee.  Remember, there’s really only one iron-clad rule when it comes to novelling – and that’s to KEEP WRITING!  Good luck heading into week three, everyone.

Weekly Writing Quote

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
~ Gene Fowler

Quote source: quotegarden.com

Weekly Writing Quotes: Writing comes from…

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
~ Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith

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

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

Weekly Writing Quotes: Writing is…

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
~ Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.
~ Elias Canetti

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

Weekly Writing Quotes: Why We Write

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~ Ray Bradbury

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.
~ Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax.
~ Alfred Kazin, Think, February 1963

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

Writing Quotes: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

On when to write:

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
~ Mark Twain

On how to write:

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

On the significance of words:

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
~ Mark Twain

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

Weekly Writing Quotes: What’s in a Word?

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.
~ Theodore Dreiser, 1900

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

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