Friday, August 28, 2009

Take 5: A Daily Dose of Writing Quotes

”Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”Sylvia Plath, poet

“Writing is like hunting. There are brutally cold afternoons with nothing in sight, only the wind and your breaking heart. Then the moment when you bag something big. The entire process is beyond intoxicating.”—Kate Braverman, poet & experimental writer

“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”
Charles Bukowski, poet & novelist

“In my first writing class, I was given the most valuable advice that a young writer could receive. The professor said, 'Take a situation that intrigues you and ask yourself two questions: Suppose? and, What if? Then turn the situation into fiction.'”
Mary Higgins Clark, novelist

“Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”
Colette, author of Gigi

For a great Pearls Before Swine comic strip on editors, go here.


Keli Gwyn said...

Thanks for sharing these quotes. One line in particular from Sylvia Plath really spoke to me: "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” I need to print that out and post it by my computer.

Beth K. Vogt said...

I'm a big collector of quotes, Keli--so stay tuned for future installments of the Daily Dose! Feel free to pass along any of your favorite quotes.