“Writing draws together an astonishing number of mental and physical actions, many of them going on simultaneously as the process unfolds. It is one of the most complicated things we do, and that is why it is always difficult.”
— Richard Marius, A Writer’s Companion 3 (1985)
Quoted by Bryan Garner in his usage blog.
“When they say you can’t take it with you, they don’t mean books, do they?”
–Doris Ann Norris, librarian extraordinaire
(On Friday this week, for those on the road over for the holiday — safe travels!)
“Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.”
“A confused reader is an antagonistic reader.”
“A ratio of failures is built in to the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.”
Or, in the modern world, the delete key.
“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” Peter DeVries.
I’ve been collecting quotes about writing as long as I’ve been writing, and plan to regularly share my favorites.
“Whenever I am asked what kind of writing is the most lucrative, I have to say, a ransom note.” –H.N. Swanson (literary agent)