Favorite Quotations ~  Writing & Writers, 10 O

"It is much easier to write a long book than a short one." ~ Isaac Meyer

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Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK. ~ Diana Athill, theguardian.com, Feb 19, 2010

It would be morally reprehensible not to tell the truth… Everything I have written has stood the test of time. ~ Kitty Kelley, 9/16/04

There’s always something new by looking at the same thing over and over. ~ John Updike

I write about what I know and what I have experienced. This keeps me an "honest" writer. ~ Will Eisner

Why do I write? The truth, the unvarnished truth, is that I haven't a clue. ~ Gloria Naylor, Writer's Home Companion

Dr. Johnson remarked that a man would turn over half a library to make a single book: in the same way, a novelist may turn over half the people in a town to make a single figure in his novel. ~ Thomas Wolfe

No author can create a character out of nothing. He must have a model to give him a starting point; but then his imagination goes to work, he builds him up, adding a trait here, a trait there, which his model did not possess. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

I consider writing an act of good citizenship. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

I'm used to writing songs and songs--I can fill 'em up with symbolism and metaphors. When you write a book (Chronicles, Vol. 1), you gotta tell the truth, and it can't be misinterpreted. ~ Bob Dylan, Newsweek, 9/04

I don't judge in my books. I don't have to have the antagonist get shot or the protagonist win. It's just how it comes out. I'm just telling a story. ~ Elmore Leonard

We are all writers and readers as well as communicators with the need at times to please and satisfy ourselves with the clear and almost perfect thought. ~ Roger Angell, Power to Write

I like myself better when I'm writing regularly. ~ Willie Nelson

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