Authors say....

I don't have a post on writing today. Join me next Friday and I will have something for you. In the meantime, here are a few writers' quotes to ponder.

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~Mark Twain

Be obscure clearly. ~E.B. White (one of my favs)

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron (Is this just for me?)

Writing is both mask and unveiling. ~E.B. White

The best style is the style you don't notice. ~Somerset Maugham

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison



  1. I like the ones by Michener and Morrison. Thanks for sharing. :-)

    - Corra

    the victorian heroine

  2. I love quotes. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. Love those quotes, Teresa. So true.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Have a great Friday!
    Love and hugs
    B xx

  4. I'm learning to be an excellent rewriter!! The best advice I could ever take from anyone--to rewrite.
    Have a good weekend:))

  5. Wishing you many lightning bolts in your writing!

  6. Great quotes! I like "be obscure, clearly," too. :)

  7. Wonderful quotes. I think Somerset Maugham's is my favorite. Have a great weekend.

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. I like the first one - I'll have to try that trick. Damn often!

  9. Excellent quotes. And all are appropriate. Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend.

  10. I love writer's quotes and these are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. I also like the one by Michner the best.

  12. I love the Byron quote...having a novel in my brain keeps other important things from getting in. That's why we write.


  13. Oh, they're all so good. I'm totally copying them! I hear that Tony Morrison message in my head all the time. I'm working on the play I've always wanted to see performed. Thank!

    Oh, one more: If you wish to be a writer, WRITE!

  14. Love the quotes Mary. My favorite?

    Writing is both mask and unveiling. ~E.B. White

    I'm thinking, it might be a good practice, whenever a piece of writing is not coming together as clearly and quickly as I'd like, to ask myself what I am masking and/or need to unveil? I just might find the solution in the answer.

  15. Love these quotes. Thank you for sharing.


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