Some great quotes about writing, via Yeda:
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.~Winston ChurchillWriting is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.~Louise BrooksWrite without pay until someone offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this as a sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for.~Mark Twain
Three years? Ahem. Does anyone have a wood saw?
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Mark Twain was quite a character; I did some reading up on him awhile back. He came up with one of my all time favourite quotes.
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Something I’ve not had much success at practicing. 😀
🙂 I’ve been practicing it all my life. I’m not sure it’s such good advice….
Well, yeah, from an SAers point of view I suppose that’s true. 😀
I wasn’t even warmed up yet after three years. It took decades to rack up all my rejection letters. Right now I’m giving away a free short story collection that it took me 30 years to compile. You can throw it out in mere minutes.
But I digress.
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
–Frank Lloyd Wright
I can’t understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.
Writers have a rare power not given to anyone else; we can bore people long after we are dead.
Thanks for those, Michael. Do I detect a certain cynicism in those quotes?