Writing Quotes

(Success) is wholesome magic

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
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Solvency is essential. A writer suffering from financial difficulties is good only for short-term work, and will leave all else unfinished. And if he has too much money, unless he has had it all his life, he will spend it, which is also a…

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Writing a memoir gave me nowhere to hide; it forced me to own up to my life

Sunday, January 17th, 2010
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Sometimes another person’s words tell you exactly what you should have been telling yourself. It was Lucy’s suggestion to concretize my love for the kitchen in the form of a cookbook, which eventually led to Nolan’s suggestion to…

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Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

Monday, December 14th, 2009
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An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don’t know why they chose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg or steal from anybody and everybody to…

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The most daunting ideas turn into the best books

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
dreamy night sky

…had assigned me to write about. The essential ingredient of authorship is authority. You hunt it out in a library, you chase it down the street, or you knit it from the fiber of your own will. From somewhere, you get it. You begin.

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Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Sunday, October 11th, 2009
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Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.

2. Avoid prologues

3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue…

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We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
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We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with…

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Are you trying to tell me something?

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

…This tells me that some of you might want to do more than write quotes on post-its to stick to the side of your monitor. Heh. You might be interested in taking some of those words and ideas out for a spin around the block, and then some. I’m going to try a few things.

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Free-form Writing Prompt #7

Friday, June 19th, 2009

This is the last post in a Free-form Writing Frenzy Productivity Experiment. It seems that you like these a little more than you hate them. According to my web server stats, even if you’re not sharing what you write, you’re coming back to see what’s next. I’ll be thinking of how to grow QuoteSnack and still do TLC for those who just want a simple “Quote of the Day.”

This has been FUN.

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Free-form Writing Prompt #6

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

This is the sixth post in a Free-form Writing Frenzy Productivity Experiment. After today there is only one more to go.

The directions are a little different today. Watch for this line: Reach for a response. Is this true, false, naive, blasphemy? And how can using or avoiding this concept improve your life?

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Free-form Writing Prompt #5

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

This is the fifth post in a Free-form Writing Frenzy Productivity Experiment. After today there are only two more to go.

Each afternoon for a week I’ll post a writing prompt and some simple instructions. The next morning I’ll post a quote that has something to do…

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Free-form Writing Prompt #4

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This is the fourth post in a Free-form Writing Frenzy Productivity Experiment.

This prompt is a famous piece of art and a question. Write about either, both, or whatever comes to you after clicking “Reveal Writing Prompt.”

Directions…

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Free-form Writing Prompt #3

Monday, June 15th, 2009

It’s been great to hear back from some of you who are following along!

This is the third post in a Free-form Writing Frenzy Productivity Experiment.

Each afternoon for a week I’ll post a writing prompt and some simple instructions. The next morning I’ll post a quote that has something to do with the prompt, so you can…

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