A Few Good Quotes for Writers
“When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.”
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force. Clutter is a wonderfully fertile ground–you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things, get a grip.”
~Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird
“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent re-writer.”
“Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues—which takes years.”
“Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.”
“The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”
“No, it’s not a very good story—its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.”
Please leave your favorite writer quote in the comments.
And have a good weekend!
© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent