Friday, April 15, 2011

Squibs on Writing

.The Muse

“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”
—Charles Peguy (1873-1914), French poet and essayist

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
—Ray Bradbury, writer

“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.”
—Sharon O’Brien, author

“So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.”
—Sir Harold Acton (1904-1994), British writer, Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
—Mark Twain (1835-1910), whose advice is usually good

“Let me walk through the fields of paper
touching with my wand
dry stems and stunted
—Denise Levertov (1923-1997), British-born poet, “A Walk through the Notebooks”

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
—Elmore Leonard, screenwriter, novelist and crime writer

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
—Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian novelist and playwright

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