Quickly Quotable #33 – Quotes for Writers from Writers

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.  ~Isaac Asimov

Write down the thoughts of the moment.  Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.  ~Francis Bacon

When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.  ~Agatha Christie

As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me:  grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.  ~Virginia Woolf

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.  ~George Orwell, “Why I Write,” 1947

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.  ~Goethe


Quotes courtesy of QuoteGarden

About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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10 Responses to Quickly Quotable #33 – Quotes for Writers from Writers

  1. nrhatch says:

    Love it!

    Linking it!

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  3. Michael Knudsen says:

    Great quotes, thanks!

  4. A great gaggle of quotes, Jodi! Love ’em!

  5. George Orwell’s quote on the ‘horrible exhausting struggle’ gave me pause for thought.
    For me, that describes the process of publishing: from the very first edit to the subtle negotiations on cover design…or so I am finding.
    The writing of the book, by comparison, was a fantastic, fascinating, fun and…yes… exhausting struggle

  6. Heather says:

    These are keepers–thanks. Hope the NanoWrimo goeth well…

  7. Cindy says:

    Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
    Truman Capote

  8. tsuchigari says:

    @nrhatch – thanks for linking, I love sharing great quotes and these really made my day.

    @Michael and Rik – thanks for stopping by, I swear when this month is over I’ll return to being a regular over at both of your blogs!

    @Karen – I agree, I haven’t found the writing process horrible yet, just exhausting. When it comes to publishing I can only hope that I get that far.

    @Heather – Glad you liked them. I’m still on target to finish NaNo although the story is ending up way more superficial than I would like. Always room for editing and revision later, right?

    @Cindy – what a horrific quote! I tried to read one of his books and just couldn’t get into it.

    I will post something new this week – promise!

  9. I love Isaac Asimov’s comment. I might even paraphrase it to say, “I might live a little faster.”

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