Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Quotes about writing



I found some very nice quotes that can give us inspiration to write, especially in the days it gets very difficult. I would like to share with you the ones I think are true for me:


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya Angelou
It is important to be who you want to be, in this case a writer. It is pointless to try to become anything else.


“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” 
― Maya Angelou
Sometimes there’s no need to hear the answers. You need only to feel that people share with you the same questions.


“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 
― Stephen King
All writers had a passion for reading. 


“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” 
― Jack Kerouac
No universal truths were verbose.


“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” 
― Anton Chekhov
Don’t be analytical in your writing; you have to show, not to tell!


“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” 
― Henry David Thoreau
But many people have been inside their homes all their lives, yet have written great novels. It depends. Nevertheless, I like this quote.


“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” 
― Stephen King, On Writing
Again, don’t be verbose in your writing. 


“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” 
― Stephen King


“Always be a poet, even in prose.” 
― Charles Baudelaire
In this case, writing will never be boring.


“One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.” 
― Michael Cunningham


“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” 
― Jack London


“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” 
― Ana├»s Nin
Many times when reading a novel I have realised that the writer has shaped many of my thoughts into words.


“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” 
― Stephen King, On Writing
In other words, don’t over-analyse. Readers want you to be subtle, and to let them finish the job.


“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” 
― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thanks for reading.