Sunday, January 10, 2010

Motivation Monday - Interesting Quotes

Short Story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment. ~Lynn Abbey

Successful men are influenced by desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by desire for pleasing methods. ~Frank E. Brennan

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper. ~Steve Martin

Every writer I know has trouble writing. ~Joseph Heller

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ~Alice Walker

However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing. ~Sylvia Plath

If at first you don’t succeed, think how many people you’ve made happy. ~H. Duane Black

What's the first thing you do when you sit down to face the blank page?


Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I lay back in my big desk chair and look away from the computer screen and let my mind wander where ever it wants to. There is always the one thought, the scene, that fights its way to the front & pushes itself forward in front of all the rest. That is the one that sticks and I am compelled to fill in that blank page.

christa said...

Last quote is a funny one, but sometimes too true!

Winona said...

Stick my pencil in my mouth, write some sort of title or topic at the very top of that blank page, then write, erase, write, scribble, doodle. The real writing usually begins on the third try. Wish I could compose at the laptop. I just can't. Tried it many times. a

Jan Rider Newman said...

Great quotes, especially Heller's.