Last month I did a writers wisdom post or writers on writing or words of wisdom (used to be called WoW Saturdays for those who’ve been following this blog for a long time) again. I guess it can become a monthly feature – albeit unexpected. Maybe in May it won’t be at the end of the month. Gotta keep ya on your toes, righ? I’ll keep sharing more of those… I still have plenty on file! So, for your Sunday, here are some wise writers’ quotes!
Most writers only begin doing what they do because they don’t know any other way to live, and most like the solitude. Many – perhaps sadly – greatly prefer the world in their head to the one they are forced to live in the rest of the time, so are relieved when they are able to shut the door on the rotten old real world and immerse themselves in the other one they have made for themselves.
- David Baboulene
The myth of Book as Event, put as clearly as I can. Myth: All books need to be events, need to be something special.
Hogwash, of course. All books must be written as well as the author can write the book, but just because the author spent blood and sweat on the book, or the author wrote it in twenty days, doesn’t make the book either special or not special. And it certainly doesn’t make it an event.
Hard and fast rule about writing:
THE PROCESS AND EXPERIENCE OF THE AUTHOR IN THE WRITING OF THE BOOK HAS NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH THE FINAL QUALITY OF THE BOOK.
- Dean Wesley Smith
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
- Elmore Leonard
(p.s. so do I. Mostly because I do skip a lot when I read other people’s stuff. Unless they write like me, that is. Barb)
“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
- Toni Morrison
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
- Anaïs Nin
Basically I agree with the view that writing novels is an unhealthy type of work. When we set off to write a novel, when we use writing to create a story, like it or not a kind of toxin that lies deep down in all humanity rises to the surface. All writers have to come face-to-face with this toxin and, aware of the danger involved, discover a way to deal with it…
- Haruki Murakami