October 15, 2004

T.S. Eliot

"In the end is my beginning."

Posted by tgus at 9:48 AM

September 27, 2004

Robert Frost

"Sentences are not different enough to hold the attention unless they are dramatic. No ingenuity of varying structure will do. All that can save them is the speaking tone of voice somehow entangled in the words and fastened to the page for the ear of the imagination."

Quoted in John H. Tirimble, Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing, Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975, 69.

Posted by tgus at 3:50 PM

September 17, 2004

Albert Einstein

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Quoted in
Joseph Williams, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 4th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1994, 88.

Posted by tgus at 12:30 PM

James Adams

"One must allow the unconscious to struggle with problems. Incubation is important in problem-solving. It is poor planning not to allow adequate time for incubation in the solution of an important problem."

Quoted in
Karin Mack and Eric Skjei, Overcoming Writing Blocks, Los Angeles: J. B. Tarcher, 1979, 41.

Posted by tgus at 12:23 PM

September 15, 2004

John Updike

"Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what one is saying."

Quoted in John Trimble, Writing With Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975.

Posted by tgus at 8:27 AM

September 14, 2004

Chateaubriand

"Reading aloud to others my first...draft helped to enlighten me."

From
The Writer's Companion, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.

Posted by tgus at 1:19 PM

September 13, 2004

Richard Marius

"Writing requires an astonishing array of complex mental and physical acts, many going on simultaneously as the writer writes. Mysteriously and wonderfully, we learn to write, coordinating many impulses and motions much as we do when we dance or sing or talk or play baseball or ride a bicycle."

From
The Writer's Companion, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.

Posted by tgus at 7:26 AM

September 10, 2004

Natalie Goldberg

"This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don't want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You practice whether you want to or not. You don't wait around for inspiration and a deep desire to run....You just do it. And in the middle of the run, you love it. When you come to the end, you never want to stop. And you stop, hungry for the next time.

"That's how writing is, too. Once you're deep into it, you wonder what took you so long to finally settle down at the desk. Through practice you actually do get better.

"You learn to trust your deep self more and not give in to your voice that wants to avoid writing. It is odd that we never question the feasibility of a football team practicing long hours for one game; yet in writing we rarely give ourselves the space for practice."


From
Writing Down the Bones, Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1986.

Posted by tgus at 12:07 PM

Neil Simon

" Rewriting is when playwriting really gets to be fun.... In baseball, you only get three [strikes] and you're out. In rewriting, you get almost as many swings as you want, and you know, sooner or later, you'll hit the ball."


Quoted in
Karin Mack and Eric Skjei, Overcoming Writing Blocks, Los Angeles: J. B. Tarcher, 1979. 148.

Posted by tgus at 9:04 AM

E. M. Forster

"How do I know what I think until I see what I say?"


Quoted in
Karin Mack and Eric Skjei, Overcoming Writing Blocks, Los Angeles: J. B. Tarcher, 1979. 26.

Posted by tgus at 9:03 AM