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Thursday, December 9, 2010

10 Quotes on Writers and Their Writings

In honor of my last post, I figured I should continue the sardonic banter about writers in a series of quotes I recently found. Please enjoy the word candy and another cartoon! Happy Writing!

1.      The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. 
~Vladimir Nabakov

2.      Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. 
~Author Unknown

3.      I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. 
~English Professor, Ohio University

4.      Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.  My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.  There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. 
~Flannery O'Connor

5.      Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. 
~Graycie Harmon

6.      When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

7.      What no wife (or husband) of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when (s)he's staring out of the window. 
~Burton Rascoe

8.      Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"

9.      The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
~Tom Clancy

10.  A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
~William Faulkner


  1. Not sure how I feel about 4. 8 reminds me of something posted on the bulletin board outside of Roberson's office. It's brilliant.

  2. I had to put 4 in because of Flannery O'Connor and personally I think it's true, especially now. There are so many writers that are punching out flat characters, unbelievable dialogue, poor grammar, and unfulfilling plot lines. Now, berhaps they are not bestsellers, and maybe I feel this way because I read a lot of work offline on writing community sites, but these are growing trends. I even hear teachers talking about it. Oh well.

    I love #8. it was too clever not to include.

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  4. I suppose that's true. Publishers seem to be appealing to the stereotype of modern audiences who get off on reality television and like simple things.

    I think my co-president at the Fiction Collective recently posed the question "do you feel bad when you see people like Stephenie Meyer get published when you have a hard time getting anything published yourself?" I mean no offense to you, but it's a common consensus that Twilight is considered sub-par. I don't really have an opinion on the matter because I haven't read the books.

  5. I know many people say that and I hate it! Not because I think Stephanie Meyer is the next literary genius, but because the FACT is that she has inspired a new generation of readers. My fourteen year old cousin wouldn't read a newspaper headline until she read Twilight. Now, she reads more than I do (and I knock out a book every two weeks at least). My best friend's little sister at age 17 hadn't completed one book until she read Twilight and now she reads like there is no tomorrow. Not ONE person and deny that!

    I don't give a frak if someone elses book is "better." I don't see it getting people who have never read in their entire lives to find joy in something as powerful as words and reading.

    Harry Potter is another book that inspires young and old generations to read. It's what got me to read when I was 12 and look what I'm doing now.

    So, go tell that common consenus to get over it!

  6. I'm glad you've shared this interesting perspective with me. I will now bring it up the next time Twilight is discussed.

  7. Good. And you can tell them I said it. lol. :)

  8. My recanting will begin with "Aubrie Anne says..."

  9. Oh! And please don't forget to reply to my query in the "Justify Redux" post.

  10. Ooops! I'm heading over there now.

  11. I just read your this post to my friend who is a fellow blogger and we both enjoyed a good chuckle over it - especially #8. Thanks for posting!

  12. Awesome! I'm happy you both liked it and could laugh about it.

  13. Deff a great list. Got a few laughs and some inspiration!

  14. Great! That's what I love to hear!

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    Hey Aubrie, check out this article I stumbled across. Who is this lady's editor?

    P.s. your name wants to be "Laura" in my phone's auto-correct.

  16. I can't get to it. It throws and error and then says I'm not a member. Maybe because i don't have a subscription to the NY Times?

  17. I made a copy of it... you can check it out @ http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16920132/Musk%20Oxen.rtf

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