Inspiration

Posted: November 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

  

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I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
– Stephen King

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Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway

 

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It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
– Ernest Hemingway

 

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Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
– Mark Twain

 

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And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

 

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If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

 

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To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
– Herman Melville

 

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh

 

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It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
– Robert Benchley

 

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Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
– Ray Bradbury

 

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A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.
– Sidney Sheldon

 

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Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
– Henry David Thoreau

 

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If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
– David Brin

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My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
– Anton Chekhov

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I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
– Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

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First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
– Ray Bradbury

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Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
– Willa Cather

 

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I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
– Douglas Adams

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Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
– Ayn Rand

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Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.
– Jean-Paul Sartre

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A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.
– Joseph Conrad

 

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Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
– Philip K. Dick

 

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The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.
– Russell Baker

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