Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #8 - My Fave Writing Quotes

Final Thursday Thirteen?? I'm crushed! What will I stress about each Wednesday?

Memorable Writing Quotes

  1. I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard
  2. What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931
  3. 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
  4. Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
  5. I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. ~Peter De Vries
  6. Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
  7. A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right. ~John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune, 10 September 1961
  8. 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 (Name Unknown), Ohio University
  9. Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler
  10. Be obscure clearly. ~E.B. White
  11. 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
  12. A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one. ~Baltasar Gracián
  13. All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Raggedy said...

Thursday Thirteen has come to an end.
I have enjoyed my visits here and consider us friends.
Thank you for sharing your thirteens with me.
The comments you left me filled me with glee.
It is hard to believe it is really true.
I am trying very hard to not be blue.
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

Kimo & Sabi said...

Hahahaha! We likes them all, especially #10!

Tink said...

I love quotes and those are great! #12 is very funny.
Thanks for visiting my TT. I hope someone will take over from Leanne, so it won't discontinue.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Huh. Number 3 fits me to a T -- and then some.

Happy final TT, Wylie! Hope you'll come visit West of Mars more often; I know I've got you bookmarked, so I'll be dropping in from time to time.

Write well!

Megan Frampton said...

These are awesome! Thanks. I've always loved that Leonard quote.

Christine said...

Ah #9...I'm so feeling that one right now. Awesome quotes, hun. :)

Happy final TT!

Nancy J. Bond said...

Love #2 and #13. Great list. Happy TT!

Rashenbo said...

I love these quotes! Especially #12... that is so true! :)

Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

Take care.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Awesome quotes! Happy last TT!

Shiloh Walker said...

I like #9 although I can't say any book has ever made me sweat blood before.

creative swearing and much head banging, yes. but no bleeding

Amy Ruttan said...

#10, one of my favorites.

Ugh, hate that this is the last one. I had some GREAT ideas lined up... maybe I'll just do unofficial TT's!

Vicky said...

So sad it's the last one - I had just joined you all!

I love 8! Never heard it before, but I like the hidden cruelness of it. Does that make me a bad person? ;)

Retta said...

I hope that Thursday Thirteen doesn't go away. I contacted Leanne and I'm determined to rescue the thirteen if I can!

Anonymous said...

I love those quotes -- there's up there on my list of faves, too. And argh, last Thursday Thirteen -- so sad!

I think my favorite quote of the ones you mentioned is #2. Says so much about the subtlety of storytelling.

Happy Thursday, Wylie! :) My TT is up -- random mind droppings, LOL.

Barbara H. said...

These are great! I think I like Hawthorne's the best.

Sunflower said...

I see how much you like writing:-)

Thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog and supporting me! Welcome back anytime.

I will Exercise for Comments!

Heather said...

LOVE these! Thanks for sharing.

Kate R said...

I'm loving those quotes. #4 has always been my favorite. And I don't know a bunch of the others--all good.

So you have blessed linkiness on blogger. Why does it hate me so much, I wonder.

Laughing Muse said...

I love the one attributed to Ohio University!

I can remember blog posts of mine where someone apparently hijacked my keyboard when I wasn't looking and spewed forth some really disjointed, scattered...stuff.

Kate R said...

wait a sec.

WHY is TT ending? Who said? If I do it next week, will I get in trouble?

spyscribbler said...

I love #1 and #4! A great way to end TT, if it has to end ...

*sigh* Happy TT, anyway!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Brilliant, wonderful list!

Happy T13!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Great quotes! I love #12. LOL