Thursday, 9 November 2017

Quotes (4)

 "There will come a day, if you persist, when your pen will move nimbly and you will feel elated, and exclaim to yourself: Now I know that I can write," Arnold Bennett

"Jilly Cooper has been described as 'insecure and ludicrously sensitive': characteristics of any successful writer," Michael Joseph

"Writing is a dog's life, but the only one worth living," Gustave Flaubert

"If you write from the heart, you are writing at the very best of your ability," Bernie Ross

"I can't write a sex scene. In my first book there was one four-letter word, and my mother saw it and told me off about it. I wrote a sex scene and when Doubleday (publishers) saw it they just laughed at me. They said, 'You don't need it. You are a story-teller,'" Jeffrey Archer

"When I was ten, my dad bought me a second-hand typewriter and I typed out these little tales and stitched them in a folder with a hand-painted title. When I was twelve I submitted one - about a little horse, I think - to something called The Children's Mag and it was actually published. I have never stopped writing since," Barbara Taylor Bradford

"Write hard and clear about what hurts," Ernest Hemingway

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath," F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Don't allow yourself to get fussed over how to begin. Don't sit staring at a blank screen," Donna Levin

"Raising questions and then supplying plausible, yet unexpected answers, this is the job of the storyteller," David Gerrold

"Fiction fatigue - expect it, and don't let it ruin your story," Ansen Dibble

"I would never write about someone who is not at the end of his rope," Stanley Elkin

"Give the readers a book with people they care about and they will queue up to shake the author's hand," Norman Cousins

"An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke," F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Always remember your reader, or else you are talking to yourself," Nigel Watts

"I don't have much time for a playwright that can't write a book, because I don't think they can. A play is a piece of cake to write, it you can write dialogue, and you can plot. They get much lauded, everyone from Tennesse Williams to Pinter and Stoppard. I'd like to see them write a novel. They couldn't in my opinion." Roald Dhal

"I've never had a short story published. So, in a way, I didn't really achieve my ambition. In that sense I'm still a failure." Joseph Wambaugh

"When in doubt, cut." Ford Madox Ford

"Too much polishing weakens rather than improves a work." Pliny the Younger

"An even battle is more fun to watch." Ansen Dibell

"The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself." Patricia Highsmith

"Most authors would consider it undesirable to approach a publisher in a dirty incoherent condition. But that is, in effect, what they do when they submit a dirty and dilapidated manuscript." Stanley Unwin

"First, find out what the hero wants and then just follow him/her." Ray Bradbury

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure." Samuel Johnson

"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft." HG Wells

"It took me 15 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

“Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” Ray Bradbury