Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Frost, Heinlein, Writing Quotes

These quotes came from The Creative Screenwriting Weekly Newsletter.

"Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second."

- Robert Frost

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."

- Robert Heinlein

"When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can."

- Samuel Lover


Doc said...

I love Heinlien's quote. It makes me feel so wonderfully dirty!

I wonder how Mr. Lover scratched when he didn't have a pen?


David Barber said...

Agree with Doc. Heinlien's is great. I told a couple of mates that I wrote, a while back, and they actually laughed. I used to find it hard to tell people because of that exact response. Heinlein's quote maybe right, do it in private. Don't give a toss about telling people now though. My mates are builders...what more can I say. I'm certainly in the wrong job!!

Cormac Brown said...


I politely disagree, he makes a perfectly natural thing seem all too skeevy.

Maybe when Samuel's inkwell ran dry, he used a stick on the dirt alleys near Burlington Street. That is where Mr. Lover apparently worked on "Bentley's Miscellany Magazine," with Charles Dickens. He also painted, when he wasn't writing songs.


Only about eight people at my job even know that I write and only two even know that I'm published. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to explain to people that writers come from all walks of life, and that you don't have to wear a tweed jacket with elbow patches, to make yourself a worthy scribe.

Kevin Michaels said...

Lover's quote speaks best to the addiction in each of us who writes....nothing satisfies the itch/that desire like writing.....

Excellent post!

Cormac Brown said...


Absolutely, and thanks.

David Barber said...

What he ^ say?

Cormac Brown said...


The language may be different, but it's still a Monty Python song that rhymes with "Pam."