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Fabulous Writing Quotes

Andre Gide: 
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Charles Caleb Colton
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.

Robert Frost
Poets need not go to Niagara to write about the force of falling water.

Raymond Chandler
The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.

Samuel Johnson: 
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Bulwer-Lytton: 
The pen is mightier than the sword.

John Osborne:

Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.

Ben Franklin: 
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Socrates: Writing 
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Flannery O’Connor: 
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.

Elie Wiesel
Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.

Sholem Asch
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.

Jules Renard
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.

Stephen Leacock
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself – it is the occurring which is difficult.

Jack London: 
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.

“You must write your first draft with your heart.  You rewrite with your head.  The first key to writing is to write, not to think!”
Finding Forrester (2000) – William Forrester (Sean Connery)

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Writing a novel is like having a dream

“For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I’m still awake. I can continue yesterday’s dream today, something you can’t normally do in everyday life.”

Haruki Murakami

What’s in a review?

Interesting article on book reviews

“I never read a book I must review,” quipped Oscar Wilde, “It prejudices you so.” Aggrieved authors everywhere nod their heads in knowing, useless triumph. For who but a reviewer pledged to willful Wildean ignorance could have decided, asThe Saturday Review once did, that The Great Gatsby is “an absurd story,” suggesting that “Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking.” The rebuke might have sent old Scott to shaking another highball or three, though it won’t find many defenders today.

Tolstoy, too, must have been perplexed to learn, upon opening The Odessa Courier one afternoon, that Anna Karenina was “sentimental rubbish.” Or imagine Walker Percy’s surprise, not to mention dismay, when The New Yorker said of his novel The Moviegoer, which would go on to win the National Book Award: “Mr. Percy’s prose needs oil and a good checkup.” Meanwhile, across the street, The New York Times proclaimed Percy “a breathtakingly brilliant writer,” declaring The Moviegoer “believable and moving.”

The conspiracy-minded might suspect that Percy’s publisher bought a bigger ad in the Times, putting its foot on the scale. But though no human enterprise operates in a vacuum wholly absent quid pro quo, decent publications don’t do naked bartering like that anymore—though it was rampant up through the glory days of Hearst. Individual reviewers occasionally have scores to settle—or more often debts of gratitude to repay—but it’s a safe bet that the divergent opinions of The Moviegoer were held in earnest by their reviewers.

So what is the well-intentioned reader to do? What is a book review anyway? Who is it for? How much does it have to do with the book that inspired it in the first place—its ostensible raison d’etre?

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Book Reviews: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books