Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The biggest Writing Quotes, ever*

The first is from Beth Mende Conny-

"Life is a book and you are its author. You detemine its plot and pace and you--only you--turn its pages."

The next ones are from The Creative Screenwriting Weekly Newsletter-

"Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies."

- Terri Guillemets

"I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."

- Ernest Hemingway

"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."

- Stephen Leacock

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer."

- Karl Krauss

"Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will."

- Goethe

"I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody's head."

- John Updike

*Only because I haven't been posting them.


Bukowski's Basement said...

I love Hemingway writing quotes. There's a whole book of them...

Cormac Brown said...


You've mentioned that before, you need to drop 'em on us.

David Barber said...

Some great ones there, Cormac. I'll agree with Anthony, the Hemingway one is a cracker and so true. Thanks mate.

sunshine said...

I think I like the first quote the best.
It's very positive and hopeful. :)


Randal Graves said...

No way in hell that's Hemingway. I count two commas!

Cormac Brown said...


You're welcome.


Absolutely, and it is inspirational on a myriad of levels.


Hmm, good point.

Sue H said...

The Leacock one had me laughing out loud - so true!

Karl Krauss - that's a mantra for the future. I shall etch that on my brain!

Cormac Brown said...


It's all too true about the "occurring," and the Leacock seems like a writer's version of reverse engineering.