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!

Nancy



6 comments:

  1. Loved reading all the sayings!

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  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.

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


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

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  5. These are wonderful. Thanks, Nancy.

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