Monday, May 27, 2013

Quotes from Famous Writers

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the US! Hope the weather is beautiful wherever you are, and that your grill gives plenty of bounty. :)

I've got some more great quotes for you today. Enjoy!


A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- G K Chesterton

Don't get it right; just get it written.
- James Thurber

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
- Stephen King
Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else. (Notice this means that if you are interested only in writing you will never be a writer, because you will have nothing to write about...)
- C.S. Lewis

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.
- Margaret Atwood

The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
- Robert Charles Benchley

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
- John Steinbeck

Read, read, read.  Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.  Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.  Read!  You'll absorb it.  Then write.
- William Faulkner

There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open up a vein.
- Walter Smith

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

It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
- Jean De La Bruyere

10 comments:

KatieC said...

I love the second to last comment. Too funny!

Anna Staniszewski said...

That James Thurber quote is one of my favorites. I pretty much chant it to myself when I'm starting a new project. :-)

Kelly Hashway said...

The Steinbeck one is funny.

krweinert.com said...

Like the De Vries one and so understand Atwood :)

Catherine Stine said...

I like the Atwood one, and I'm planning to read a book of hers this summer.

EW Gibson said...

Love quotes! I like the Atwood quote.

wordfoolery said...

A good selection! I'd add this one - "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." William Feather (US author)

Anita said...

All very good! The C.S. Lewis quote reminds me of a couple people I've known whose sole purpose for writing is to be published.

I agree with Lewis, that you have to LIVE and be involved in order to have something worthy of writing about.

Reader said...

Hi, I really enjoy your blog and wonder if you have a contact address? Would love to ask you more re your experience with ICL. Thanks so much and hope you receive this.

Jill

Tabitha Olson said...

Hi Jill, sorry for the late response. I'm taking the summer off to revise, but I'll be back with regular posts in the fall.

My contact info is in my profile, but I'll post it here, too, to make it easier

tabwriter (at) gmail dot com