Hi SERers! Denise here. Today I’m going to talk about something I appreciate, quotes.
Growing up, I heard many quotes that would make me think. There were a few my great-grandmother would repeat to me, and I would nod with no understanding. Later her wisdom would replay itself to me, and when the youthful veil lifted, I understood her words.
Some words affected me so deeply I passed them on to my children.
A favorite of mine was, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” Words my great-grandmother may have borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe’s line, “Believe nothing you hear and only one half that you see.” It’s even truer today with social media.
As an adult, I not only appreciate quotes but read them any chance I get. When I’m overwhelmed with writing projects or I draw a blank, it’s nice to connect with another author’s wisdom. It assures me I’m not alone, and we’re all dealing with the same issues.
Some quotes that inspire me:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King
I’ve learned so much about writing by doing it. When reading I pay close attention to what I enjoy and what I do not. When I sit down to write, I take my observations from reading.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
I agree with Ms. Angelou it would not be very pleasant to reach the end of life without sharing the stories inside. When I want to give up on a story, I remember that.
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ~ Richard Bach
This one hits home and reminds me not to quit. There are days when I wonder what I’m doing. This quote comes to mind, and I get back to work.
Do you have any favorite writing quotes that have inspired you or brightened your writing day?
Here are some quotes from famous authors. Can you match which author (listed below) said what quote? The answers are provided after the river picture.
- “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
- “There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly: sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”
- “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”
- “The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
- “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
- “Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It’s a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works. I like a mystery, as you may have noticed.”
- “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
- “When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
- “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
- “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
a. Terry Pratchett
b. George Orwell
c. Agatha Christie
d. Jack Kerouac
e. Mark Twain
f. J.K. Rowling
g. Aldous Huxley
h. Ernest Hemingway
i. Steven King
j. Anton Chekhov
- i, 2. h, 3. a, 4. c, 5. g, 6. f, 7. d, 8. b, 9. e, & 10. j.
Thanks for playing along. How did you do?
All of us at Story Empire wish everyone who celebrates St. Patrick’s Day a happy one! May today bring you the quote you need.