Mark Hunter (ozma914) wrote,
Mark Hunter
ozma914

on writing

Thanks to strangexgirl for this encouragement! I'm passing it on to everyone, but especially all you aspiring writers, whether you're participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month or not:

"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." W. Somerset Maugham

"To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say and to finish without knowing what you have written." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations." C.S. Lewis

"When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'" Stephen King

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." Robert Frost

"Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light." Joseph Pulitzer

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." C.S. Lewis

"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite." C.S. Lewis

"Don't say it was 'delightful'; make us say 'delightful' when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers 'Please, will you do the job for me?'" C.S. Lewis

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." Tom Clancy

"I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.'" Saul Bellow


She gave me some other great quotes, but I wanted to pass on the ones that were very writing-specific. Happy writing!
Tags: nanowrimo, writing
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