Quotes by Writers on Writing #13-24

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In my general reading I mark meaningful quotes. Below are Quotes #13-24 gleaned from magazine articles or other sources, quotes which might otherwise not be found in other lists of writing quotes.

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Previous quotes @ Quotes by Writers on Writing #1-12

13.  Perspective is the key for us writers. Contemplating the minutia of our lives, through perspective, we realize there is no minutia in life. We simply need to appreciate the Butterfly Effect, and examine the various facets of each seeming nothing. —Rebecca MacKenzie, A freelance author

14.  Ever since I began writing, I’ve been a collector. Not of things—shells, stamps, figurines, stuffed monkeys, autographs, etc.—but of possibilities. Odd happenings and images from around the world and in my dreams that could—and often do—make their way into my writing. While many might be considered mundane observances, paired with the right character in the right situation, I know they’ll make terrifically fantastic occurrences. —Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, “Making Magic”

15.  As a writer, you want to create rounded characters, complete with a psychological make-up, with a past, with hopes for the future, fears and worries, with a favorite food and pet peeves, with idiosyncrasies, and, most importantly, with a motivation or a reason for why they are doing or saying whatever it is they are doing or saying.Helga Schier, PhD, former Big Five editor

16. I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it’s equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people. —Brad Thor

17.  Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest. —Jonathan Swift

18.  The best writers never settle for the insight they find on the surface of whatever subject they are exploring. They are constantly trying to lift the surface layer, to see what interesting ideas or questions might lie beneath. —Rachel Scheller

19.  Be Patient. Publishing time is different than normal time. We’re talking dinosaur time. Geologic time. Everything stretches. And I mean, everything. —Anne A. Wilson, author

20.  …in truth, I didn’t become a writer the first time I put pen to paper or when I finished my first book (easy) or my second one (hard). You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway. —Junot Díaz, novelist

21.  For a freelance writer, your name is everything: it’s becoming known for what you do, and the quality of your work. When you build your name, you become known not only to editors and publishers, but also to your readers… you must build your “platform” — this is the people who know you by name.  — Angela Booth

22.  To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. —Charles Caleb Colton

23.  Every character’s name interacts with you as you write, melding with your ideas and feelings for the character. —Elizabeth Sims

24. Humanize your research. Don’t just recite a bunch of dates or boring facts. Tell the story of the people who lived through what you’re writing about. Sara Hodon

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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2 Responses to Quotes by Writers on Writing #13-24

  1. merry101 says:

    I like your picture at the top of page, delicious cookie too. ❤


  2. Pingback: Quotes by Writers on Writing #25-36 | Carolyn's Online Magazine

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