Quotes by Writers on Writing #1-12

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In my general reading I mark meaningful quotes. Below are Quotes #1-12 gleaned from magazine articles or other sources, quotes which might otherwise not be found in other lists of writing quotes.

  1. (A)gain and again come vivid reminders that the truth often is not only stranger than fiction but far more remarkable as a story. Would any novelist dare have John Adams and Thomas Jefferson die on the same day and have that day be the Fourth of July? —David McCullough, Pittsburgh native and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian in an interview in the New York Times Book Review
  2. When someone writes a book, it is generally with the intention that it shall be read either before or after their death. But I am not writing a book, and as you may wonder what this is, I must explain that it is simply a journal of my life. —Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin, pp 13
  3. Journaling is not only for the writer’s benefit, but, one presumes, also for future generations. Diarists from Samuel Pepys to Virginia Woolf knew this well. “Reading a journal is like receiving a long letter,” Jean-Cocteau once observed. —from Word Up: “Memory Arts” Workshop (Hendersonville, NC) by Norm Powers, in Bold Life, April 2015

4.  The other side of my brain needed work; I was always a writer. To me, it’s always about finding, telling, and engaging in the story. I’m interested in motivating peoples’ hearts. —Tracy Schott, 15-year social worker, Reading PA (Latrobe native) TR 150624, pp Neighborhoods, pp 1

5.  We often don’t talk about grief and loss in our culture. Poems are a powerful way to do that. —Kevin Young, Book of Hours

6.  Reading Salter taught me to boil down my writing to its essence. To insist upon the right words, and to remember that less is more—that great art can be wrought from quotidian life. —Jhumpa Lahiri, writing peer of James Salter 1925-2015

7.  When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. —Ernest Hemingway

8.  I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short. —Blaise Pascal, a mathematician and philosopher in the 1600s (It is a lesson that I and many writers — particularly the authors of letters to the editor — might consider. Not simply because so many of us have short attention spans these days, but because points seem more valid when made in simple, concise fashion.) —Meandering: Sit and ponder the quotes of wisdom

9.  I accept who I am and what I create more wholeheartedly at age 67 than I did even ten years ago. —From Letting Go of Control by Norm Powers, Bold Life, April 2015

10.  Synonym: a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of —Burt Bacharach

11.  All of science (and writing) is reductionist. You try to create the simplest possible system to understand something in great depth. (Note: parentheses added). —Prof. Richard Van Duyne, Noerhwestern Univ, Weinberg, Vol. 3, N. 1, 2015

12. When you (illuminate history through the letters, correspondences, newspapers accounts and documents of the era), instead of generalities and dates and the history we get when we are young, you get people. They become human beings in very different times, and that’s part of what’s interesting, how different it was. But there’s also a universal, essential humanity that comes out. Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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3 Responses to Quotes by Writers on Writing #1-12

  1. merry101 says:

    Carolyn, I also under line interesting quotes. Adding them in my journal.
    Blessings to you and Monte ❤


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