quarta-feira, 2 de abril de 2014

Quotes about writing



"Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have 'essential' and 'long overdue' meetings on those days."
- J. K. Rowling

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"If something isn't working, if you have a story that you've built and it's blocked and you can't figure it out, take your favorite scene, or your very best idea or set-piece, and cut it. It's brutal, but sometimes inevitable."
- Joss Whedon

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"You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
- Maya Angelou

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"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
1- What am I trying to say?
2- What words will express it?
3- What image or idiom will make it clearer?
4- Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

And he will probably ask himself two more:

1- Could I put it more shortly?
2- Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?"
- George Orwell

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"Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. ... I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them."
- Gore Vidal

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

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"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhytm of the narrative."
- Elmore Leonard

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"The first sentence can't be written until the final sentence is written."
- Joyce Carol Oates

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"I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide."
- Harper Lee

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"Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers."
- Ray Bradbury

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"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
- Toni Morrison

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"The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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"Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college."
- Kurt Vonnegut

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"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
- Anaïs Nin

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"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."
- Isaac Asimov

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"I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose."
- P. G. Wodehouse

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"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes."
- Agatha Christie

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"This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard."
- Neil Gaiman

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"If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day... you don't go to a well once but daily."
- Walter Mosley

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"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
- Thomas Mann

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"I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
- Alice Walker

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

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"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."
- Anne Frank

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