Here’s some sage advice (and gripes and commiserations) from writers who have been there and done that.
All of them made me go “Exactly! That is so true!” or “That’s how it should be!” when I first came upon them; so I thought I’d pass them along…
- Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
– E.L. Doctorow
- If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
– Toni Morrison
- Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
– William Wordsworth
- Easy reading is damn hard writing.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
- A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.
– Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
- Be obscure clearly.
– E.B. White
- Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head.
– From the movie Finding Forrester
- The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
– Thomas Jefferson
- I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
– Elmore Leonard
- The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.
– Norbet Platt
Happy reading and writing, everyone!
Source for the quotations: The Quote Garden