What are your favorite writing quotes, one-liners, and other bits of wisdom? I certainly haven’t encountered them all, but I’ve seen enough to know: there are plenty.
And they are often just the nudge I need at some stage of the writing process. Here are a few of my favorite writing quotes and tips.
“Beware of strangers with journals.”
– This might be a paraphrase of the actual quote. I saw this quote for the first time within the last year. It was attributed to someone, but I don’t remember who: I want to say it was Mark Twain or perhaps Ben Franklin, but just because every (or darn near every) aphorism is attributed to one or both of them doesn’t mean my memory is correct. Does anyone know?
“What some people find in religion, a writer might find in his [or her!] craft…a kind of breaking through to glory.”
– John Steinbeck
“You can stroke people with words.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Write with nouns and verbs.”
– Strunk & White, The Elements of Style
“Poetry [and all writing, all art?] is never finished, just abandoned.”
– Paul Valery (though I question the accurate attribution of this one, too)
“I’m sorry for the long letter. I didn’t have time to write a short one.”
– Another likely paraphrase. Who originally said it? It seems this has been attributed to everyone: Mark Twain? George Bernard Shaw? Abraham Lincoln? Does anyone know?
And…one of my all-time favorites:
“Never break up with a writer.”
– a good friend
What are your favorite writing quotes, jokes, and bits of wisdom?