Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Funny Quote About Authors Found On Instagram

instagramI’m new to Instagram, but I like it. I follow a writer, Dan Alatorre, who posted this funny definition that fits me and probably many of you.

 

 

“Authors: the only people willing to work early in the morning, at lunch, evenings, weekends, holidays, and often late into the night – to escape working 9 to 5.”

Are you on Instagram? How can we find you?

I’m at Julaina 6578

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Quotes for Writers

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“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton

 

 

 

Margaret Laurence book“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
—Margaret Laurence

 

 

 

 

 

Do you agree with Laurence?

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Quotes About Writing

 Catherine Brady says in Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction, “Rather than reduce motive to a single explanation, the real problem you face is to compound motive rather than declare it–To know how not to know.”

 

Gertrude Stein once said of the writing process, “It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.”

 

“Frustration is not an interruption of the process, frustration is the process.” Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Elizabeth Gilbert says:
“Creators should fight against the pull of Romanticism in their work and reject the notion that the artistic life must be one of suffering and torment. I encourage makers to recognize that when you pull your ego out of the game, your work can become a series of joyful collaborations (between artist and mystery, between artist and peers, between artist and audience). The important thing is to take responsibility for continuing to show up for your side of the bargain.”

 

Do you agree with these quotes? Why or why not?

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

For more on Elizabeth Gilbert, see my previous post click here:

Quotes for Writers

quotes word with sparkle pinkQuotes for writers or anyone who likes quotes like I do.

“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”
—Angela Carter

“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
—Margaret Laurence

 

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” —William Carlos Williams

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
—Ernest Hemingway

“Writers are always selling somebody out.” —Joan Didion

“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” —Robert A. Heinlein

“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.” —George Singleton

“Beware of advice—even this.” —Carl Sandburg, WD

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” —Jim Tully, WD

“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”—Leigh Brackett, WD

“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again.” —Eudora Welty, WD

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” —Lawrence Block, WD

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson

“If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us.” —William Faulkner

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.” —Catherine Drinker Bowen

“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
—Gore Vidal

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” —Allen Ginsberg, WD

“Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.” —William S. Burroughs

“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.”—Steve Almond, WD

 

Writing Prompt in a Quote

lost quoteCoppola name on wire arch entranceToday I went with three of my long time friends to meet a mutual friend at Frank Coppola’s Winery Restaurant. We had an hour and a half drive from the south and the friend from the north had about 45 minutes to get there.

Heavy, dark clouds followed us and a misty rain teased the windshield as we drove through the wine country. The positive energy as we passed under the Coppola’s arc increased. An impressive castle-like building and swimming pool welcome visitors. The restaurant with movie artifacts surrounding it serves excellent food, especially the salmon.  Each of the five of us takes a turn bringing our symbolic bling-covered centerpiece. At our last meeting, it appeared to be irretrievable because no one said they had it. Today it took it’s place on the wood table and Carol admitted that she had had it all along.

She said, “I lost what was in plain sight.”

What a great idea for a short story or novel. It’s general enough to fit any genre. It has a poignant feel and for me, it’s a hook.

What was lost? When it was found, was it too late or was it a solution?

What does Carol’s quote mean for you?

coppola with camera