Quotes on Writing
In 2009 “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman won both the Newbery Medal and the Hugo Award. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to do so even if you aren’t partial to children’s literature. This story, about a normal boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts, is unique in too many different ways to name. But the topic of this blog post isn’t “The Graveyard Book.” Today I’m sharing quotes by well-known authors who tell it like it is. If you’re a writer, you may be familiar with these, but it never hurts to see them again. If you’re a reader, these quotes offer insight into why a lot of writers do what they do.
Okay, so, “The Graveyard Book.” At the end of this fabulous story is the transcript of Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech, delivered at the annual conference of the American Library Association in Chicago on July 12, 2009. While the entire speech is worth reading, it is the final paragraph that resonated. I read this and practically jumped from my chair, arms skyward, shouting, “Yes! This says it all!” This paragraph doesn’t say anything writers don’t already know, but it says it better than I’ve ever seen it before:
A few days after reading this, a friend of mine—Sioux Roslawski—posted an essay over at The Muffin on the WOW! Women on Writing site. I left a comment there, and soon after it struck me that my thinking was aligned with a Stephen King quote from his famous “On Writing” book:
In the wake of these two quotes drenching me with their goodness, I considered some other writing related quotes that I love and decided to share them here. This one by Nora Roberts is one of my all-time favorites:
And this one by Cherry Adair is good, too:
Waiting for inspiration usually results in very little writing. Inspiration is great when it happens, but when there’s a book to be written, you better sit your butt in the chair and get your fingers tapping those keys. (Check out Cherry Adair’s Butt In Chair Challenge on FB HERE – if you’re writing a novel, this might help keep you on track.)
Harlan Ellison agrees that the best thing to do is just get to work:
I love it when I come across a quote that speaks to me in some way. What about you? Is there a particular quote that stays with you? What’s your favorite quote and why?
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