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Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for ...

Okay, so I stole this post from my last year's A to Z Challenge. I feel that it's too good to not share again. I just love the quotes and humor behind this and I hope you will too!

Just 3 more letters. *sniff*

*Writer's quotes!

Yes, I thought I'd cheat and not bust any more braincells. So I'm sitting on the shoulders of writerly geniuses today and hopefully fill your day with inspiration and laughter!

I'll start off with my most favorite quote:

Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. 
~E.L. Doctorow
 A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  
~Charles Peguy
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  
~Ray Bradbury

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  
~Elmore Leonard


Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning:  I wanted to kno what I was going to say.  
~Sharon O'Brien

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.  
~James Michener


What are your favorite writing quotes?

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*from the ElizabethMueller A to Z archive


Annalisa Crawford said...

I especially like the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote - that pretty much sums me up!

Jen said...

Elmore Leonard just outlined my writing process! Great post: thanks for the daily encouragement.

Arthur Brill said...

"I hate writing, but I love having written" - Sean Penn

W is for Winning America's Future through Creative Schools at Main Street Arts!

soggy in the corner said...

Dandelion Wine! I want to make Dandelion Wine! That was an amusing blog and I needed that today. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Each have truths that we can enjoy for the day of writing ahead
3 more letters
we just wrapped our sequel today so will probably write poetry for X, Y, Z

Will You

jan said...

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."--Albert Einstein.

I love quotes! Thanks for adding a few to my repetoire. And thanks for stopping by "begin...begin again".

Anonymous said...

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip." Priceless.

Sharkbytes said...

I like the Bradbury one! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at

loverofwords said...

"You can't blame a writer for what the characters say." Truman Capote

Geoff Maritz said...

We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist's (writer's)job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
From the movie, "Midnight in Paris"
Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could embody these aims in our writing?
Anyway, that's my favorite writing quotation, hope you like it. Blessings from Geoff.

Lynn Proctor said...

wonderful quotes---i must not be a true writer--because i don't do many re-writes---although i am sure i probably should have many times--just lazy--another reason i am not really a writer :)

Whole Foods Living said...

Fun post! I think I love them all! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living,

Dana said...

Great quotes! It's hard to pick a favorite. :)

Arlee Bird said...

"Anything worth peating is worth repeating."
-- wait that entirely makes no sense. This was a good repeat post.

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Kelly Barnes said...

"...they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person."

The Fitzgerald quote hits the nail on the head.

Is "they're" second person singular in that sentence?

Nicole said...

I haven't thought about writing quotes all that much to have a favorite at the moment, but after reading your list, I do like that one by Ray Bradbury as well as Sharon O'Brien's quote on writing and last but not least, the quote from E.K. Doctorow.

Thanks for making me laugh. I needed that this morning.

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Kelly Barnes said...

EDIT: Third person singular

Note to self - no comments until after morning coffee.

Anonymous said...

Cute, and for those of us in the Challenge for the first time, it's only peat and well worth repeating again.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Ray's my man. Love that quote.


Gossip_Grl said...

For some reason I like the quote of E.L. Doctoro

Tina said...

I think this one is Ray Bradbury, but as I was checking that out, I ran into a big discussion about who actually said this. So I'm not choosing, just quoting someone...
"Writing is easy, you just sit down at the typewriter and bleed."
We're almost there! Some tricky letters to go, but we can do it!
Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

Arthur Brill said...

I don't do very good with daily schedules. I posted my X already.... Xenophobia, at Main Street Arts

Sonia Lal said...

I had the same idea. LOL

Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury


Splendid post, loved the qoutes , they are all good.


PR said...

Hah, Doctorow and Michener I like best from your list :)

Tracy said...

I have so many favorite quotes...I love quotes and the implied meaning so I read them all the time :) great 'w' post!

Pat Carroll Marcantel said...

Worthy of a rerun.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I like all of those but Elmore Leornard might be my favorite.

Unknown said...

Love your quotes! I just love quote in general and use them frequently.

When I did my "e" post about editing i found a great quote which i'd love to share, I think it's great.

The first draft of anything is $hit. ~ Ernest Hemingway

klahanie said...

Hey Elizabeth,
How you doing? Yes, it's another highly anticipated, much loved, eagerly sought after comment from me, yes me, shy and humble me.
Can you believe it? I have been dubbed the official "anti-A to Z Blogging Challenge spokesman".
Of course I'm not really. And only three more letters to go. Excuse me while I sob uncontrollably in a darkened room.
Indeed, we can embrace the passion, the magic, the therapy that is the power of the written word. And within this sharing, caring blogging community, we truly rejoice the all different, all equal diversity, we hold so precious.
My favourite writing quotes are by that famous writer, Gary Philip Pennick, "A positive environment starts from within." And another one by that awesome dude, "Live life with realistic positive anticipation, rather than, negative speculation."
Wishing you Elizabeth and all those involved in the alphabet challenge, much happiness and positive interaction.
In kindness, shy and humble me....

Maude Lynn said...

That Fitzgerald quote is so true!

Marta Szemik said...

Some great quotes in there:)
Yes, *snif, snif*

Unknown said...

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip." <-- What excellent advice!

And I love the E.L. Doctorow one :)

ETowns said...

lol, I think I had a similar idea for W - except not so much. Maybe I am nearly hysterical or near histrionics because I have made it to W and need to pull my way through the final 3 letters. No quotes for me today, only quotas.

Anonymous said...

I have a different take on "stealing". I think you were just working smart to re post a GREAT post. It is just so appropriate for all of us writers and besides I was not here last year and did not read it. I bet a lot of us got to read it for the first time.
So thanks for the post, and for working easy.

Anonymous said...

You quoted my fav quote! Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. Love that!

Christine Rains said...

Great W post!

Shan Jeniah Burton said...

Love, love, love - sharing!!!! =D

sjp said...

What wonderfully inspiring words :)