Writing Quotes

Creating art and creating ourselves are the same act

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
magnetic words

We are entering a very singular world together. The world of public discourse – political, social, diplomatic, commercial – has so corrupted language that we are rightly more suspicious of the meaning of words than we are convinced of…

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Writer’s block is simply a failure of ego

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
speeding lights

The literal details of writing involve one’s own physiology and metabolism. You begin from a standing start and have to accelerate yourself to the point of cerebration where the words are coming – well, and in order. All…

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Books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
books forever

I took down one of them at random. It stood at the very end of the shelf, was called LIFE’S ADVENTURE, or some such title, by Mary Carmichael, and was published in this very month of October. It seems to be her first book, I said to myself, but one must…

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Share Your Creativity Day

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I’m trying something new! You’re invited to post your own poetry or bits of stories, drop links to favorite literature-related sites, tell us about a recent writing-related experience or some other creative writing goodness. Have a poem in a poetry journal? Drop a link. Have a friend who does gorgeous work? Tell us about it. […]

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No one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
jellyfish reflection

Here I am at three in the morning, three hours after Earth Day, unable to sleep, unwilling to let the sun come up without having excerpted Rachel Carson.

Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring (1962). In 1958 a friend wrote to her for…

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When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Everybody's a critic

One ownership does not cancel out the other. Alice subtracted one from 365, demonstrating that there are indeed 364 un-birthdays in a year – and of course Humpty Dumpty had to check her work. Humpty Dumpty…

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It is the duty of a writer to devote his energy to the search for truth

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

In the love of truth which leads to a knowledge of it lies not only the hope of humanity but its safety. Deep down we feel that, as every human being has a right to air and water, so he has a right to food, clothing, light, heat, work, education, love…

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Listen so deeply to the space around you that it fills you, and when you write, it pours out of you

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
image mosaic

Are you listening and “with your whole body” this month? Between Script Frenzy, National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), creative writing in April can feel like a total body experience! 20,000 Script Frenzy participants are diving into creating their 100 page…

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Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

But on the other hand here I am sitting after half the morning, crammed with ideas, and visions, and so on, and can’t dislodge them, for lack of the right rhythm. Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than…

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So much of writing is about getting quiet enough so you can hear your characters talking

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
flower on the grass

I asked her how she goes about getting in touch with her characters, and she hesitated a moment before replying: “I think it’s something like preparing the soil for planting,” she says. “What I’ll do is go out in the backyard in the morning, and…”

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Good screenwriting is the art of discovery

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Colorado River

What happened to Louise in Texas is the structural backbone of the entire story line. It’s because of the incident that she runs away from the murder. By the time she realizes what she’s done, it’s too late.

Because the “incident in Texas” is mentioned throughout…

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I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Consider the sentence He closed the door firmly. It’s by no means a terrible sentence (at least it’s got an active verb going for it), but ask yourself if firmly really belongs there. You can argue that it expresses a degree of difference between He closed the door and He…

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