Friday, July 31, 2009

Writing Quote #20

"Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind."

- Rudyard Kipling

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Writing Quote #19

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new."

- Samuel Johnson

Monday, July 27, 2009

Writing Quote #18

"It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way."

- Ernest Hemingway

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Writing Quote #17

"Put weather in."

- Joseph Hansen

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Writing Quote #16

"The first thing you have to consider when writing a novel is your story, and then your story--and then your story!"

- Ford Madox Ford

Friday, July 24, 2009

Writing Quote #15

"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."

- T. S. Eliot

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Writing Quote #14

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

- E. L. Doctorow

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Writing Quote #13

"You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist."

- Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Writing Quote #12

"A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print."

- Marguerite Yourcenar

Monday, July 20, 2009

Writing Quote #11

"Pay attention to the sound of words."

- Dave Wolverton

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Writing Quote #10

"Art is the manipulation of someone else's imagination."

- Sol Saks

Writing Quote #9

"It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little - or not at all in some cases - should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written. Can I be blunt on this subject? f you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time - or the tools - to write. Simple as that."

- Stephen King

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Writing Quote #8

"I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.

- Clarence Budington Kelland

Writing Quote #7

"The expert at anything was once a beginner."

- Rutherford B. Hayes

Writing Quote #6

"Live out of your imagination, not your history."

- Stephen Covey

Friday, July 17, 2009

Writing Quote #5

"The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense."

- Tom Clancy

Writing Quote #4

'It takes most of us a long time to learn our craft. So keep at it. Don't give up."

- Jacqueline Briskin

Writing Quote #3

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

- Douglas Adams

Writing Quote #2

"Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewrite and open a vein."

- Red Smith

Hi, friends. Here's the second installment of Writing Quotes. I wanted to mention that, though I try to verify the various quotes and sources, I don't always get it right. If you happen to notice that the quote I provided was merely a paraphrase of what was really said, or that I attributed the wrong source with the quote, please let me know. Thank you.


Michael Colwill

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Writing Quote #1

"You can only write, 'Somebody wants something, something else is in their way of getting it.

- Aaron Sorkin

I'm trying something new here, friends. I've come across so many great quotes on writing and English that I thought I'd start sharing some of them with you. Not all of them represent my personal views on the writing business. I hope that some of these will help to begin a conversation on their content.

Please let me know if you like this addition to Kanteker's Craft.


Michael Colwill