This has been one heck of a week, in more ways than one!!! So instead of me trying to come up with something original, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes concerning the craft of writing. Hope you enjoy them!
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"
I do not like to write - I like to have written. ~Gloria Steinem
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. ~Tom Clancy
I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential. ~ Jessamyn West
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. ~Richard Bach
There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
And my all time favorite:
There is no such thing as writer's block for the writer whose standards are low enough.. ~William Stafford
Have a good one!