Tuesday, April 05, 2011

So You Want To Be A Writer

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
-Thomas Berger

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
-Anaïs Nin

Observe, don't imitate.
- John M. Ford

Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
-Barbara Kingsolver

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

Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.
-Sholem Asch

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.
-Baltasar Gracián

A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
-W. Somerset Maugham

It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
- L. P. Hartley

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
- Thomas Jefferson

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
-Author Unknown
(I still have trouble this one.)


Kay Dennison said...

Love it!!!  Many of these are already in my quotes archive file!  Thanks!!!! 

Here's my favorite quote on writing:

"There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” -- Ernest Hemingway

ally bean said...

<span><span>"figure out what you have to say."</span></span>

Amen.  Wish more people abided by that concept-- when they write and when they speak.  Tell me something real, or go home. 'Ya know?