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Help From Other Writers
Now to the topic of writing quotations.
Writing isn't as easy as it might seem. It takes not just skill, but also great persistence and loads of patience. I've also found that reading what other writers say about writing can inspire you and help sustain you through the countless rejections that are part of the writing life.
Below are quotations from various writers that I hope will be as helpful to you as they've been to me throughout my writing adventures. I've been as diligent as I can with citing sources but if you notice incorrect citing of sources do let me know. (Oh, and the spelling oscillates between UK English and US on purpose depending on the book where the quotation comes from.)
NOTE: feel free to copy and paste anything from this page, but please respect the person who said or wrote the quotation and cite them as the source.
Quotations About The Craft Of Writing
"Everyone has talent.
What's rare is the courage to follow it
"If you're hooked on the physical act of writing, there's a good chance of your hanging in there long enough to say what you were born to say." - Peter Meinke.
"There lies the horror of artists - we are too aware. It's heightened awareness that can bring wonderful things and grief.'' - Patricia Polacco.
"The writer is one who writes...he withdraws to some quiet corner...and applies himself to his blank paper. Two hours a day are needed; three hours are better; four are heroic." - Gerald Warner Brace.
"Writing a book is an adventure: it begins as an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, then a master, and finally a tyrant." - Winston Churchill.
"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning." - Peter De Vries.
"Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"So far as good writing goes, the use of the exclamation mark is a sign of failure. It is the literary equivalent of a man holding up a card reading LAUGHTER to a studio audience." - Miles Kington.
"I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better." - A.J. Leibling.
"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." - attributed to W. Somerset Maugham.
"Only ambitious nonentities and hearty mediocrities exhibit their rough drafts. It's like passing round samples of one's sputum." - Vladimir Nabokov.
"Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open." - Stephen King.
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." - Stephen King.
"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." - Stephen King.
"When you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or until your eyes are ready to fall out of your head..." - Stephen King.
"The sort of strenuous reading and writing program I advocate - four to six hours a day, every day - will not seem strenuous if you really enjoy doing these things and have an aptitude for them." - Stephen King.
"...practice is invaluable... honesty is indispensable..." - Stephen King.
"If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch once said, 'Murder your darlings', and he was right." - Stephen King.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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