Monday, May 15, 2017

The Things Authors Say

As authors, we often look to other writers for inspiration. I thought I’d share some of my favorite writing-related quotes.

Writers on Writing:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. - Douglas Adams

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. - Peter de Vries

If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper. - T.S. Eliot

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are. - Somerset Maugham

The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book. - Mickey Spillane

If the sex scene doesn't make you want to do it - whatever it is they're doing - it hasn't been written right. - Sloan Wilson

Writers on Editing:

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good. - William Faulkner

It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly. - C. J. Cherryh

Never throw up on an editor. - Ellen Datlow

Writers on Critics/Reviews:

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. - Christopher Hampton

It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. - Ernest Hemingway

Writing Self-Deprecation:

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. - Robert Benchley

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within. - Gustave Flaubert

Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publication. - Fran Lebowitz

A Writer’s Obsession:

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. - Somerset Maugham

When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.' - Neil Gaiman

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. - Eugene Ionesco

Just for Fun:

He was such a bad writer, they revoked his poetic license. - Milton Berle

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Now it’s back to the galley edits on my upcoming, June 16th, release, The Vessel. A sci-fi romance, this book is quite a change for me. I hope you’ll come back next month to take a closer look. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek meme!

Until next month, stay happy, healthy and well read!



  1. Loved reading all the sayings!

  2. I loved these, too. I think others of my favorites are Nora's “I can fix a bad page. I can't fix a blank page” and the several variation of "just open a vein..." Great post, Nancy, and good luck with the new project.

  3. I've heard most of these before, but thanks for the reminder. True words, very powerful. New project sounds fun.

  4. I'd sure like to hear the story behind "never throw up on an editor."

  5. These are wonderful. Thanks, Nancy.


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