“Imagine a school with children that can read
or write,
but teachers who cannot,
and you have a metaphor of the Informatio...
"Ideas are the cheapest part of
the writing.
They are free.
The hard part is what you do
with ideas you've gathered.”
~ Ja...
“I write to correct life’s unfairness.”
~Verandah Porche
"Once I have the idea for a story.
I start collecting all kinds of helpful
information and storing it in three-ring
notebo...
“Good writing is rewriting.”
-Truman Capote
"If you do all that work of figuring out exactly how
writing is done,
then it's available to you at anytime, and you can b...
“A writer is someone who can make a
riddle out of an answer.”
~Karl Kraus
"Eventually you won't be thinking about
style very much at all. Style will be a word
that other people use to describe wor...
“The Six Golden Rules of
Writing: read, read, read, and
write, write write.”
-Ernest Gaines
“The key is to teach ourselves
to think, and the writing will take
care of itself.”
-Christopher Mobley
"The writing for me is hard work and
I always look forward to drawing the
pictures.”
~ Marc Brown,
author of the Arthur bo...
“By writing quickly we are not
brought to write well, but by
writing well we are brought to
write quickly.”
-Quintilian
“The writer is an explorer.
Every step is an advance into
new land.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"...figurative language adds pizzazz.
It raises work above the plain, the
dull, the ordinary.”
~ Ellen Hunnicutt,
author o...
“Metaphors have a way of holding
the most truth in the least space.”
~Orson Scott Card
"Published writers still struggle with
the writing process.”
~ Laurence Pringle,
author of Dinosaurs: Strange and Wonderful
“Writing is like a bird-watcher
watching for birds:
The stories are there: you just
have to train yourself to look for
the...
“If one corrupts language,
language can also corrupt
thought.”
-George Orwell
"When I'm looking for an idea,
I'll do anything--
clean the closet,
mow the lawn,
work in the garden.”
~Kevin Henkes, auth...
“The pen is the tongue of the
mind.”
-Miguel de Cervantes
"I think writer's block is simply the dread
that you are going to write something
horrible.
But, as a writer, you have to ...
“Memory believes
before knowing remembers.”
~William Faulkner
"Work extra hard on the beginning of your
story, so it snares readers instantly. And
know how you're going to end your sto...
“The only time I know that
something is true is the moment I
discover it in the act of writing.”
-Jean Malaquais
"I think what's really hard is making
sense and making what you write
clear and smooth-flowing.”
~ Roy Blount, Jr., author...
“We write to taste life twice,
in the moment and in
retrospection.”
-Anais Nin
"Try drawing or painting a
scene you're working on. Often
this will help free up you
imagination.”
~ Kevin Henkes, author ...
“Writing is the only thing that,
when I do it,
I don't feel I should be doing anything
else.”
~Gloria Steinem
"The golden rule of writing is to write
what you care about.
If you care about your topic,
you'll do your best writing,
an...
“Writing is thinking on paper.”
-William Zinsser
"I rewrite a great deal.
I'm always fiddling, always changing something.
I'll write a few words--then I'll change them.
I ...
“Time to a writer is
like play dough in the
hands of a toddler.”
~Barry Lane
“I love writing.
I love the swirl and swing of
words as they tangle with human
emotions.”
~ James Michener
“If you think of the Internet as a
place to “look up stuff” you’re
missing the best part.”
“If there is a book you really want to
read but you can’t find it,
sit down and write it.”
~Toni Morrison
"I'm a rewriter. That's the part I like
best...once I have a pile of paper to
work with, it's like having the pieces of a
...
“When I write,
ideas wander
around in my mind
looking for
something to do.”
~S.E. Hinton
"Try not to become disappointed if
someone doesn't like a story you've
written.
Stick up for your ideas, but listen to
wha...
“Students learn what they care
about, from people they care
about and who, they know, care
about them.”
~ Barbara Harrell ...
"As a writer, you're obligated to draw
readers into your world, and if your writing
isn't interesting to them, you won't
s...
On writing….
“I try to leave out the parts
that people skip.”
~Elmore Leonard
"There must be something to think
about at the end.”
~ Chris Van Allsburg,
author of The Wretched Stone & The Wreck of the...
“Merely looking at a stranger’s
Twitter or Facebook feed isn’t
interesting,because it seems like
blather.
Follow it for a ...
"Write, write, & write some more.
Think of writing as a muscle that
needs lots of exercise.”
~ Jane Yolen,
author of Owl M...
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Inch by inch,
the words surprised me.”
~W. Kennedy
"The only way to do it is to do it: by
writing, writing, writing.”
~ Barbara Michaels,
author of Ammie, Come Home & The Wi...
“To me the greatest pleasure of writing
is not what it’s about, but the inner
music the words make.”
~Truman Capote, 1967
"I enjoy writing and it is hard.
It’s hard for everyone to write well.
I have to rewrite over and over again so
that on av...
“Every writer I know has trouble
writing.”
~Joseph Heller
"Some of the best writing comes when you rehash.
It's in the retelling of stories that the improvement
comes.
The reflecti...
“A synonym is a
word you use when
you can’t spell the
other one.”
~Baltasar Gracian
"Revision is very important to me.
I have to revise, cut, shape.
Sometimes I throw the whole thing away
and start from scr...
“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an
excellent rewriter.”
~James Michener
“The first draft is a skeleton--
just bare bones.
It's like the very first rehearsal of a play,
where the director moves t...
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light on broken
glass.”
~Anton Chekhov
"Push yourself to try new things--
it will make you a better writer.”
~ Deborah Nourse Lattimore,
author of The Dragon's R...
“Putting pen to paper encourages
pause for thought making us think more
deeply even if our writing is thrown
away.”
~Norbe...
"Revision plays a very large role in
writing. Sometimes it seems to be all
revision.
And the longer I write,
the more I re...
“The difference between the right
word and the almost right word is the
difference between lightning and a
lightning bug.”...
“When something can be read without
effort, great effort has gone into its
writing.”
~Enrique Jardiel Poncela
“You write to communicate what’s
burning inside you.
You edit to let the fire show through
the smoke.”
~Author Unknown
"The concrete is better than the
abstract. The detail is better than the
commonplace. The sensual [through the
senses] is ...
“You're never going to be a
writer unless you write.
You have to sit down & write.”
~ Jane Yolen,
author of Owl Moon & Sle...
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09 Writing Quotes

  1. 1. “Imagine a school with children that can read or write, but teachers who cannot, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in which we live.” -Peter Cochrane
  2. 2. "Ideas are the cheapest part of the writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with ideas you've gathered.” ~ Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon & Sleeping Ugly
  3. 3. “I write to correct life’s unfairness.” ~Verandah Porche
  4. 4. "Once I have the idea for a story. I start collecting all kinds of helpful information and storing it in three-ring notebooks. For example, I may see a picture of a man in a magazine and say, 'That's exactly what the father in my book looks like!” ~ Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of Shiloh
  5. 5. “Good writing is rewriting.” -Truman Capote
  6. 6. "If you do all that work of figuring out exactly how writing is done, then it's available to you at anytime, and you can build on it. It's like the difference between shooting one hoop and having it go in by accident and saying later, 'I shot a basket,'--and practicing so much you can do it whenever you want.” ~ Mark Salzman, author of Iron and Silk & The Laughing Sutra
  7. 7. “A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.” ~Karl Kraus
  8. 8. "Eventually you won't be thinking about style very much at all. Style will be a word that other people use to describe words that have come to you, and words you have spent time seeking to make your characters live their visible and invisible lives.” ~ John Casey, author of Spartina & An American Romance
  9. 9. “The Six Golden Rules of Writing: read, read, read, and write, write write.” -Ernest Gaines
  10. 10. “The key is to teach ourselves to think, and the writing will take care of itself.” -Christopher Mobley
  11. 11. "The writing for me is hard work and I always look forward to drawing the pictures.” ~ Marc Brown, author of the Arthur books
  12. 12. “By writing quickly we are not brought to write well, but by writing well we are brought to write quickly.” -Quintilian
  13. 13. “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into new land.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. 14. "...figurative language adds pizzazz. It raises work above the plain, the dull, the ordinary.” ~ Ellen Hunnicutt, author of Suite for Calliope
  15. 15. “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” ~Orson Scott Card
  16. 16. "Published writers still struggle with the writing process.” ~ Laurence Pringle, author of Dinosaurs: Strange and Wonderful
  17. 17. “Writing is like a bird-watcher watching for birds: The stories are there: you just have to train yourself to look for them.” ~ Barbara Micheals, author of The Wizard's Daughter
  18. 18. “If one corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” -George Orwell
  19. 19. "When I'm looking for an idea, I'll do anything-- clean the closet, mow the lawn, work in the garden.” ~Kevin Henkes, author of Chrysanthemum
  20. 20. “The pen is the tongue of the mind.” -Miguel de Cervantes
  21. 21. "I think writer's block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But, as a writer, you have to believe in the words.” ~ Roy Blount, Jr., author of Crackers and One Fell Soup
  22. 22. “Memory believes before knowing remembers.” ~William Faulkner
  23. 23. "Work extra hard on the beginning of your story, so it snares readers instantly. And know how you're going to end your story before you start writing; without a sense of direction, you can get lost in the middle.” ~ Joan Lowery Nixon, The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore & The Other Side of Dark
  24. 24. “The only time I know that something is true is the moment I discover it in the act of writing.” -Jean Malaquais
  25. 25. "I think what's really hard is making sense and making what you write clear and smooth-flowing.” ~ Roy Blount, Jr., author of Crackers & One Fell Soup
  26. 26. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” -Anais Nin
  27. 27. "Try drawing or painting a scene you're working on. Often this will help free up you imagination.” ~ Kevin Henkes, author of Chrysanthemum
  28. 28. “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing anything else.” ~Gloria Steinem
  29. 29. "The golden rule of writing is to write what you care about. If you care about your topic, you'll do your best writing, and then you stand the best chance of really touching a reader in some way.” ~ Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee & Fourth Grade Rats
  30. 30. “Writing is thinking on paper.” -William Zinsser
  31. 31. "I rewrite a great deal. I'm always fiddling, always changing something. I'll write a few words--then I'll change them. I add. I subtract. I work and fiddle and keep working and fiddling, and I only stop at the deadline.” ~ Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist & author of Turning Points
  32. 32. “Time to a writer is like play dough in the hands of a toddler.” ~Barry Lane
  33. 33. “I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~ James Michener
  34. 34. “If you think of the Internet as a place to “look up stuff” you’re missing the best part.”
  35. 35. “If there is a book you really want to read but you can’t find it, sit down and write it.” ~Toni Morrison
  36. 36. "I'm a rewriter. That's the part I like best...once I have a pile of paper to work with, it's like having the pieces of a puzzle. I just have to put the pieces together to make a picture.” ~ Judy Blume, author of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing & Fudgemania
  37. 37. “When I write, ideas wander around in my mind looking for something to do.” ~S.E. Hinton
  38. 38. "Try not to become disappointed if someone doesn't like a story you've written. Stick up for your ideas, but listen to what other people say, too. They might have good advice.” ~ Margaret Mahy, author of Nonstop Nonsense & Fortunate Family Gang
  39. 39. “Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them.” ~ Barbara Harrell Carson
  40. 40. "As a writer, you're obligated to draw readers into your world, and if your writing isn't interesting to them, you won't succeed.” ~ Donald Perry, author of Life Above the Jungle Floor
  41. 41. On writing…. “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” ~Elmore Leonard
  42. 42. "There must be something to think about at the end.” ~ Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Wretched Stone & The Wreck of the Zephyr
  43. 43. “Merely looking at a stranger’s Twitter or Facebook feed isn’t interesting,because it seems like blather. Follow it for a day, though, and it begins to feel like a short story; follow it for a month, and it’s a novel.” ~ NY Times 9-7-09
  44. 44. "Write, write, & write some more. Think of writing as a muscle that needs lots of exercise.” ~ Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon & Sleeping Ugly
  45. 45. “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
  46. 46. “Inch by inch, the words surprised me.” ~W. Kennedy
  47. 47. "The only way to do it is to do it: by writing, writing, writing.” ~ Barbara Michaels, author of Ammie, Come Home & The Wizard's Daughter
  48. 48. “To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” ~Truman Capote, 1967
  49. 49. "I enjoy writing and it is hard. It’s hard for everyone to write well. I have to rewrite over and over again so that on average it takes me a year to write a book.” ~ Avi, author of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle & Nothing But the Truth
  50. 50. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller
  51. 51. "Some of the best writing comes when you rehash. It's in the retelling of stories that the improvement comes. The reflection comes in the polish. What a person will see, what a person will feel, comes in the polish. When you finish polishing your writing, it forms the image you're trying to create.” ~ Donald Perry, free lance writer and author of Above the Jungle Floor
  52. 52. “A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.” ~Baltasar Gracian
  53. 53. "Revision is very important to me. I have to revise, cut, shape. Sometimes I throw the whole thing away and start from scratch.” ~ William Kennedy, author of Ironweed & Very Old Bones
  54. 54. “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” ~James Michener
  55. 55. “The first draft is a skeleton-- just bare bones. It's like the very first rehearsal of a play, where the director moves the actors around mechanically to get a feel of the action.” ~ Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of Shiloh
  56. 56. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov
  57. 57. "Push yourself to try new things-- it will make you a better writer.” ~ Deborah Nourse Lattimore, author of The Dragon's Robe & The Winged Cat
  58. 58. “Putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought making us think more deeply even if our writing is thrown away.” ~Norbet Platt
  59. 59. "Revision plays a very large role in writing. Sometimes it seems to be all revision. And the longer I write, the more I revise-- until it is completely right.” ~ Ellen Hunnicutt, author of Suite for Calliope
  60. 60. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~Mark Twain
  61. 61. “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” ~Enrique Jardiel Poncela
  62. 62. “You write to communicate what’s burning inside you. You edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~Author Unknown
  63. 63. "The concrete is better than the abstract. The detail is better than the commonplace. The sensual [through the senses] is better than the intellectual. The visual is better than the mental.” ~ Ellen Hunnicutt, author of Suite for Calliope
  64. 64. “You're never going to be a writer unless you write. You have to sit down & write.” ~ Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon & Sleeping Ugly

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