Writerly Wisdom IV
WordPress has that playful Pavlovian side in that every time we post a blog we are rewarded with a quote. I liken it to the prize earned in my Crackjacks box. The way notable and the everyman combines words to create a noteworthy thought is one of my happies in life and keeps me posting.
Even prior to joining the ranks of WordPress bloggers, I have delighted in gathering words. I save them and savor them. Like with many things in life, I have learned that the best way to enjoy something even more fully is to share it. And so here–I am sharing my latest gathering of various quotes, with the emphasis on writing. I hope you also savor their impact, their resonance, their form of sustenance as I harvest them from my hiding places and shake them to send them skittering across the page. Enjoy!
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. Peter De Vries
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.Benjamin Disraeli
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.W. Somerset Maugham
I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.Anne Rice
A plot is two dogs and one bone. Robert Newton Peck
Prose…words in their best order.
Poetry…the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric;
Out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it. Leo Rosten
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.Jules Renard
The scariest moment is always just before you start.Stephen King
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. Isaac Asimov
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin
The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea. Thomas Mann
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Ben Franklin
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. Samuel Johnson
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. Robert Frost
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekov
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. Robert Cormier
Nothing’s a better cure for writer’s block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton. Don Roff
What writerly quotes of wisdom inspire you? Oh, and what ice cream is your choice to thaw out writer’s block?