Friday, May 22, 2009

Take 5: A Daily Dose of Writing Quotes

"In the beginning you may be writing around what you want to say instead of getting to the core. Keep writing. The route may be circuitous but after you zero in on what you truly want to say, you'll see that during all those false starts and detoured storylines, you weren't wasting time, as you feared. You were developing as a writer, developing a discerning eye and ear, finding your own voice, learning to respect self-imposed deadlines."
~Madeleine Costigan, editor and author

"In nearly all good fiction, the basic - all but inescapable - plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition (perhaps including his own doubts), and so arrives at a win, lose, or draw."
~John Gardner, author

"A writer's job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories."
~John Irving, author

"Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil - but there is no way around them."
~Isaac Asimov, author

“Like the committed writer, the passionate writer is sure of herself. Not only that, she's on fire with certainty. Ideas explode from her like hot spots from the sun. When she writes, she tears the paper with her enthusiasm.”
~Judy Reeves, writer & teacher

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