Quote Wednesday (A collection of quotes to push you through the hump.)

1.
All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.Neil Gaiman

2.

They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talk about writing or themselves. Lillian Hellman

3.

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

4.

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them. John Ruskin

5.

To grow in craft is to increase the breadth of what I can do, but art is the depth, the passion, the desire, the courage to be myself and myself alone. Pat Schneider

6.

There are no rules in writing. There are useful principles. Throw them away when they’re not useful. But always know what you’re throwing away.Will Shetterly

7.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things about all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. ~Stephen King

8.

If a true artist were born in a pigpen and raised in a sty, he would still find plenty of inspiration for his work. The only need is the eye to see. ~ Willa Cather

9.

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. ~ Truman Capote

10.

Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him? ~ Freud 1908

11.

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. ~ Neil Gaiman

12.

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any. Russell Baker

13.

I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because when two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties.Agatha Christie

14.

Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then have to ask them to leave.Marc Lawrence

15.

Writing, I explained, was mainly an attempt to out-argue one’s past; to present events in such a light that battles lost in life were either won on paper or held to a draw. Jules Feifer

16.

Young writers shouldn’t be afraid of striving to emulate their favorites. It’s a good way to learn, as long as you move on from it and don’t publish too many of the results.Poppy Z. Brite

17.

You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different.Neil Gaiman

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