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
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.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
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
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
What writerly quotes of wisdom inspire you? Oh, and what ice cream is your choice to thaw out writer’s block?
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…
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?!
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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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. 😉
I’m wondering if it’s certain flavors that unlocks the block…
Chocolate is always inspirational for me! Maybe somebody could do a study on this sometime, about which flavor of ice cream would be best for unblocking writer’s block. I would gladly volunteer! LOL.
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.
Vanilla. Although made damson a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. Nice post!
Not familiar with damson–berry or fruit?
Very small plum but sour. Cultivated but still grows in hedgerows here. Need to cook them, as youngest found out to his displeasure! Totally delicious.
Don’t think we have these in the states. Do you have huckleberries? They tart yet sweet and are found in the wild (people have secret niches they possessively guard from detection)
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.
BJ does come up with great flavors–cherry garcia fro- jo comes to mind for end of the week happy time
oh yeah, that’s another great one. they have really helped contribute to my inspiration or waistline, not sure which.
Can´t think of any particular quote right now. Probably need some icecream and then I´ll come back to it.
Let me know the flavor that inspired you towards your quote 🙂
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I like writerly wisdom!