Pam Webb

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Writerly Wisdom IV

WordPress has that playful Pavlovian side in that every time we post a blog we are rewarded with a quote.  I liken it to the prize earned in my Crackjacks box.  The way notable and the everyman combines words to create a noteworthy thought is one of my happies in life and keeps me posting.

Even prior to joining the ranks of WordPress bloggers, I have delighted in gathering words. I save them and savor them. Like with many things in life, I have learned that the best way to enjoy something even more fully is to share it.  And so here–I am sharing my latest gathering of  various quotes, with the emphasis on writing. I hope you also savor their impact, their resonance, their form of sustenance as I harvest them from my hiding places and shake them to send them skittering across the page.  Enjoy!


I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. Peter De Vries

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.Benjamin Disraeli

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


English: W. Somerset Maugham British writer

English: W. Somerset Maugham British writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.Anne Rice


A plot is two dogs and one bone. Robert Newton Peck

Prose…words in their best order.

Poetry…the best words in the best order.

                                                Samuel Taylor Coleridge


 Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric;

Out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.

                                                                W.B. Yeats




A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

                                                                Robert Frost

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it. Leo Rosten

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.Jules Renard

The scariest moment is always just before you start.Stephen King

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov Hails a Cab

Isaac Asimov Hails a Cab (Photo credit: zzazazz)


My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin

The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea. Thomas Mann

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Ben Franklin

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. Samuel Johnson

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

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekov

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off.  Build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. Robert Cormier


 Nothing’s a better cure for writer’s block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton. Don Roff


image from members


What writerly quotes of wisdom inspire you? Oh, and what ice cream is your choice to thaw out writer’s block?

Happy Pages,



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17 thoughts on “Writerly Wisdom IV

  1. It’s true – those post-post quotes are pretty nifty. I’ve been pre-scheduling my posts, lately, though, so I’ve been missing out on them.

    Also, Hӓagen-Dazs has gelato, now? Hmmmmmm…

  2. This is a great collection of quotes- and I’m in awe that Hӓagen-Dazs has gelato WHY HAVE I NOT KNOWN THIS MY WHOLE LIFE?!

  3. Great post. Thank you so much for sharing. You have an excellent writing style here. It really shows. Have a great day.

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  4. Great quotes. The Rice, Frost, Asimov and Nin quotes are my favorites.

    And I get to eat ice cream to cure my occasional writer’s block???!!! I’m in. 😉

  5. This is a great post, but don’t quote me on it. Ha! I amuse myself. In one way or another all these quotes actually help, especially Maugham’s.

  6. Vanilla. Although made damson a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. Nice post!

  7. i love that thinking through my fingers bit – so asimov! another great one i used to have posted on my bulletin board is “writing is easy, you just open a vein and bleed”. can’t remember who it’s attributed to…

    anyway, as far as the ice cream front, for me it has to be ben & jerry’s new york super fudge chunk. if that doesn’t break through the writer’s block, at least i’ll feel better.

  8. Can´t think of any particular quote right now. Probably need some icecream and then I´ll come back to it.

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