The Great Writers' Quote Thread

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  1. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale The third pronunciation of "potato" Staff Supporter Contributor

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    That's got to be one of HP's best quotes.
     
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    Since there appear to be a few Lovecraft fans here.

    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn." H. P. Lovecraft
     
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    Iain Aschendale The third pronunciation of "potato" Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Gesundheit!

    (Yeah, I'm one of the fans, sorry)
     
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    jannert Who? Whooo? Staff Supporter Contributor

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    That is certainly proving true.
     
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    Foxxx The Debonair Contributor

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    "In order to write about life first you must live it." - Ernest Hemingway

    Who'd've thunk? I tend to forget this a lot, actually.
     
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    Said Lovecraft, ordering his fourteenth boilermaker. Or maybe he was attempting to pick up the barmaid, after his fourteenth boilermaker...
     
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    “The Light failed; but the Darkness that followed was more than loss of light. In that hour was made a Darkness that seemed not lack but a thing with being of its own: for it was indeed made by malice out of Light, and it had power to pierce the eye, and to enter heart and mind, and strangle the very will” J. R. R. Tolkien
     
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    I've been trying to track this down for years, and finally found it. it's from James Thurber:

    He picked out this sentence in a New Yorker casual of mine: "After dinner, the men moved into the living room," and he wanted to know why I, or the editors, had put in the comma. I could explain that one all night. I wrote back that this particular comma was Ross's way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up.
    • The Years with Ross (Little Brown & Co, 1957, pg.267)
     
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    Another one from James Thurber, this time on editing:


    Memo to The New Yorker (1959)
     
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    My favourite quote is actually where my username comes from. It is an adaptation of what Stephen King says in his memoir/writing guide book - "On Writing".

    In his book On Writing, Stephen King explains what writing is in three words: “Telepathy, of course.”

    I just love it, because it speaks the truth and I can relate to it wholeheartedly. I can relate to it so much because I really struggle with having a vast amount of ideas (or nuggets of ideas) swirling around in my brain...but I really struggle to make them coherent into a novel or chapter or anything at all.

    For me, this quote sums up my one of my biggest struggles as a writer: getting the bloody ideas out of my head and onto the page.
     
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    Gold. And that's why many writers stick with an editor who 'gets it'.
     
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    jannert Who? Whooo? Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Yeah, and that quote takes in the other half of the equation writers need to consider. It's not just getting it 'out there,' it's getting it out there effectively, so your reader picks up exactly what you meant to convey. Telepathy implies a sender AND a receiver. :) It's not just one-way.
     
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    Definitely! Although another King quote also links back to this point, that we need to strike the balance of giving the reader enough information that they can visualise what we are trying to create, but also leave enough room for the reader to fill in the gaps in their own mind.


    “Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's”

    It amazes me that no two people would never interpret or imagine a story in exactly the same way. But I agree with you, we need to get across the key messages/story efficiently!
     
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    I like that quote even better. :)
     
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    Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. — Gloria Steinem
     
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    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug."

    -- Mark Twain
     
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    "On the first day of school, they said 'what do you wanna be, boy?'. I said amazing"

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