Thursday, August 27, 2009

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

Short one this week. I wanted to share a few quotes this week that I thought were pretty interesting. Currently I’m reading Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer, and the structure of the book inspired me to go out and hunt for thoughtful quotes. Krakauer uses epigraphs throughout his book, at the beginning of every chapter.

So, after randomly searching books and other sites, here were five of my favorites.

“All of these artistic geniuses arise in countries that promote education and health and have more money and more time. Art is a leisure activity. If you have to scramble for your food every second of the day, you're not going to make art.”—Ann Patchett

“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?” –George Orwell

“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.” –H.G. Wells

“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” –Stephen King

“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.” –Walt Disney (Just to throw you a curveball.)

Feel free to share your own quotes that you might have around your workstation/creative writing shrine/desk…


  1. "Finish!" -E.L. Konigsburg

    "There is no such thing as a perfect book or a perfect story." - Gail Carson Levine

    Can you tell I write middle grade? And Stephen King's book on writing rocks, but you've already quoted him.

  2. I like what King wrote about writing with the door shut and editing with the door open.

    Lamott's, "Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability."

    Cracking me up with your Mickey Mouse one.
    ~ Wendy

  3. "Use the right word, not its second cousin." -from Mark Twain

  4. new email:

    My creative writing shrine/desk is one big mess, but it's bigger than a closet, which is where I used to have the computer and printer. There are no cool quotes or mantras.

    I see a bottle of tylenol, a phone book, a running notebook, Sacred Hoops (which is a cool memoir by Michael Jordan's coach), a new digital camera, books on running, a three headed dragon, two smaller dragons with one head, another computer, two printers, unpacked boxes, and lots of important sutff spread all across two desks.

    There's an artist friend of mine that lives in Ellensburg. She talks about the importance of organization and the slow moving barge of the mind. She cleans her brushes, organizes the clutter creating paintings creates, and lets the slow moving barge of the mind make progress. When it is ready, and the world is organized again, the artist creates.

    Cool quotes; I like them, and find Walt D's to be painfully, and remarkably honest.


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