Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inspirational Quotes on Writing

I greatly enjoyed reading the special January 2010 90th anniversary issue of Writer's Digest today. I don't envy the people who had to cull through 90 years of magazines to find the best quotes on writing, but they came up with some good ones. Here is just a sampling:

Sometimes the words do flow. Sometimes they don't. Write them either way. - Mary E. Demuth (This is actually from a new article in the issue, but I think that this advice ranks right up there!)

Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don't forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth. - Paula Danziger

There isn't time to talk about someday writing that short story or poem or novel. Slow down now, touch what is around you, and out of care and compassion for each moment and detail, put pen to paper and begin to write. - Natalie Goldberg

Don't quit. It's very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it's very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can't get fired if you don't write, and most of the time you don't get rewarded if you do. But don't quit. - Andre Dubus

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