Writing Quotes

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“Sooner or later every writer evolves his own definition of a story. Mine is: A reflection of life plus beginning and end (life seems not to have either) and a meaning.” ― Mary O’Hara, Een zoele zomer in Wyoming
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“For the length of time it takes to write a book, you need to believe that you’re the only writer in existence; the only one who matters. You need to shut yourself away and allow the creativity to build up, not leak out through worry and comparisons and doubt.” ― Martin Cosgrove
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“I often think publishing a book is like doing a poo. Once it’s ready for the world, you have to relinquish that control and let nature take its course. A few will be impressed by your creation, others will be disgusted. Plus, no one will enjoy your success and achievement in producing it as much as you did.” ― H.O. Charles
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“Another important consequence in the arrival of digital technology and its facilitation of feedback is that we can look at large systems and recognize them once more not only as part of ourselves, but also as components that can change… Now, though, we live in a world where text is fluid, where is responds to our instructions. Writing something down records it, but does not make it true or permanent. So why should we put up with a system we don’t like simply because it’s been written somewhere?” ― Nick Harkaway, The Blind Giant
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“He wastes his time over his writing, trying to accomplish what geniuses and rare men with college educations sometimes accomplish.” ― Jack London
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“I finished the [blog] post reflecting on the fact that, despite all the changes in my life, maybe I wasn’t so different after all. If I typed it, maybe I could believe it, too.” ― Stephanie Nielson
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“If you write in the Old World, and against it, your work must die, go missing, be veiled, before it can live the life for which it was destined in the New World.” ― Patrick Nowell-Smith
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“If a bloke gave you a hundred quid for a book you can bet your life it’s his way, but if all the poor and suffering people raise their hats to you for writing it – that’s different; it makes it worthwhile then.” ― Alan Marshall
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“…each part of a story, each word if possible, was to work frontally as well as laterally… (“Conveyance: The Story I would Not Want Bill Wilson To Read”)” ― William S. Wilson, Why I Don’t Write Like Franz Kafka
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“The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it’s made truly. The thing to do is work and learn to make it.” ― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
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“I will keep no further journal of that same hesternal torch‐light ; and, to prevent me from returning, like a dog, to the vomit of memory, I tear out the remaining leaves of this volume…” ― Lord Byron
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“Characters who simply have goals opposed by others do not create the effects of a story.” ― Bill Johnson
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“This too to remember. If a man writes clearly enough any one can see if he fakes. If he mystifies to avoid a straight statement, which is very different from breaking so-called rules of syntax or grammar to make an efffect which can be obtained in no other way, the writer takes a longer time to be known as a fake and other writers who are afflicted by the same necessity will praise him in their own defense. True mysticism should not be confused with incompetence in writing which seeks to mystify where there is no mystery but is really only the necessity to fake to cover lack of knowledge or the inability to state clearly. Mysticism implies a mystery and there are many mysteries; but incompetence is not one of them; nor is overwritten journalism made literature by the injection of a false epic qulaity. Remember this too: all bad writers are in love with the epic.” ― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
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“My English teacher said that a writer is the worst judge of his own work.” ― Ilsa J. Bick, Ashes
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“I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the most fundamental is violent death.” ― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
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“For a moment, I debated whether I should tell someone about the words I’d started writing down, but I couldn’t. In a way, I felt ashamed, even though my writing was the one thing that whispered okayness in my ear. I didn’t speak it, to anyone.” ― Markus Zusak, Getting the Girl
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“Writing is not about the voices in your head, but the voices that make the great leap to the page.” ― J.H. Glaze
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“When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads.” ― Ann Patchett
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“I am not a fan of the magical quick fix in any fiction, including fantasy, scifi and comic books. Unless Dr. Who is involved, and then only because we get to use the phrase ‘Timey-wimey wibbliness’ which, I’m sure you’ll agree, there are not enough occasions to drop into ordinary adult conversation.” ― Chris Dee
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“Publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Writing the book is only the start.” ― Jo Linsdell