Monday, April 19, 2010

"You've got one of those tattle phones."--from someone I work with, talking about caller ID

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."-- a quote by Stephen King
"Rewriting is like scrubbing the basement floor with a toothbrush." --a quote by Pete Murphy
P.S. This is so true!!
"You will have to write and put away or burn a lot of material before you are comfortable in this [writing] medium. You might as well start now and get the work done. For I believe that eventually quantity will make for quality." --a quote by Ray Bradbury
"Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential." --a quote by Jessamyn West
"The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write." --a quote by Gabriel Fielding
"Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day."--a quote by Norman Mailer
"Don't say the old lady screamed--bring her on and let her scream." --a quote by Mark Twain
"Plot springs from character... I've always sort of believed that these people inside me- these characters- know who they are and what they're about and what happens, and they need me to help get it down on paper because they don't type." --a quote by Anne Lamott
"If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best you can do that kills you."--a quote by Dorothy Parker, a short story writer and poet

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Losing my anonymity in this world is something, I think, I find terrifying."--a quote from actor Alex O'Loughlin

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always highly irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality, and it's very shocking to the system."--a quote from Flannery O'Connor

PS: If you've written a novel, you know this is true.
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."--from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye
"Back in the days when everyone was old and stupid and young and foolish and me and Sugar were the only ones just right, this lady moved on our block with nappy hair and proper speech and no makeup."--from Toni Cade Bambara's "The Lesson"
"Who Am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end?"--from Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook