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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


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

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

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

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

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

  5. 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

  6. "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".

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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 :)

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

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

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

    Places I Remember
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  15. "...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?

  16. 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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  17. EDIT: Third person singular

    Note to self - no comments until after morning coffee.

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

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

  20. 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

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

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


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

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

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

  26. 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

  27. 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....

  28. That Fitzgerald quote is so true!

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

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

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

  34. What wonderfully inspiring words :)


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