Favorite Quotations ~† Writing & Writers, 9 365 Prescriptions for the Soul

"Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke. " ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Koolau Mountains by Richard Barlett

A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it. ~ Mark Twain

What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

I can write with a crying child on my lap. I have. Often. ~ David Baldacci

My advice is to ignore the comments of well-meaning friends and relatives and give yourself permission to write. No matter what your age or life path, whether you write for the sheer joy of it (which is the only way to do it) or because you have dreams of being a published author (nothing wrong with that), it's not too late, too egotistical, too selfish, or too silly to pursue your creative urges. Your talent is your gift. Your ideas and inspiration come from the Spirit whispering in your ear. To ignore them is to ignore God. ~ Lori Bryant Woolridge, Read Between the Lies

A story rises from the springs of creation, from the pure will to be; it tells itself; I takes its own course, finds its own way, its own words; and the writer's job is to be its medium. ~ Ursula Le Guin

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes. ~ Agatha Christie

Whatever you want to say, there is only one word to express it, only one verb to give it movement, only one adjective to qualify it. ~ Guy de Maupassant

What release to write so that one forgets oneself, forgets one's companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next to be drenched in sleep or in the sea. Pencils and pads and curling blue sheets alive with letters heap up on the desk. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

There is no pleasure in the world like writing well and going fast. It's like nothing else. It's like a love affair, it goes on and on, and doesn't end in marriage. It's all courtship. ~ Tennessee Williams

Itís like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. ~ E. L. Doctorow

A small drop of ink produces that which makes thousands think. ~ Lord Byron

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