Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Plethora of Writing Quotes

Did you know that even writers run out of things to blog about? Well, that is me....again...shhhh! So what's a girl to do when that happens and she has to have a post up in less than 8 hours?

She shares her favorite quotes out of her favorite writing books, that's what! An added plus is the link to where you can buy the book from which the quote is listed. That way you can highlight your own favorite quotes!

A word of warning: because writing and editing are two different skills, they require two different mind-sets. Don't try to do both at once. The time to edit is not when you're writing your first draft.  Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

Examples of dangling or unattached participles abound in today's newspapers and broadcast media and even in books from respected publishers. Once recognized, they should be instantly zapped by the laser beam of common sense. Between You and I, a little book of bad english by James Cochrane

I want to suggest that to write to your best abilities, it behooves you to construct your own toolbox and then build up enough muscle so you can carry it with you. Then, instead of looking at a hard job and getting discouraged, you will perhaps seize the correct tool and get immediately to work. Stephen King on Writing, by Stephen King

Before you can stretch anything, of course, you need the raw material. You don't fashion a a clay pot without clay. The clay for a novelist is trouble. The question you have to keep asking is this: What problem has the potential to lay some serious hurt on my character? Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice about writing, or life, I have ever heard.  Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

The last paragraph or line of your scene has one purpose: to get the reader to read on. It gets the reader forward in some fashion.  Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

Fiction weaves truth into slice-of-life depictions to which readers can relate. It provides a touchstone to common experiences of humanity and a way to examine those experiences. When Jesus sat on a grassy slope surrounded by the hurting, he painted word pictures--salt, lamps, bread, rusting treasure.   by Sharon Hinck in A Novel Idea, with contributions from best-selling authors.

I know I sound like some yogi from the land of easy answers, but I do have a point. You can either be defeated by your desperation, or you can use it. Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

My dad always told me, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right." This is especially true for us writers. We must work hard and we must pray, believing that God is taking our writing to the place  where he alone can showcase it.  Wherever that place is, and however many people eventually read what we've written--we must always be hardworking and hopeful. by Karen Kingsbury in A Novel Idea, with contributions from best-selling authors.

Desire. It's got to be a hunger inside you. You're going to have to sacrifice time and money and endure frustrations galore. If you don't have the desire, you won't last long out there on the battlefield.  The Art of War for Writers, by James Scott Bell

Storytellers are different. Storytellers look not to publishers to make them successful, but to themselves. They wonder how to top themselves with each new novel. Their grumbles are not about getting toured but about getting more time to deliver. Story tellers take calculated risks with their fiction. Mostly they try to make their stories bigger. The Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maass

I know people "write when they can," but if you are serious about wanting to finish something, create a writing time every day, and discipline yourself to sit down for say, thirty minutes, or an hour to write....You need to decide: Is writing for you Profession or Playtime? The answer will determine how you approach your time. From the Inside ...Out, by Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck

What is your favorite writing quote? Or what is your favorite go-to writing resource?
This post is brought to you by
 Sherrinda Ketchersid

Sherrinda is wife to "Pastor John" and mother to three giant sons and one gorgeous daughter. A born and bred Texan, she writes historical romance filled with fun, faith, and forever love.


Unknown said...

I have a few people that I love the read. Authors who have "been there, done that". One of my favorites is a realtive new author of "This Bird Flew Away". She also has a series of articles on HubPages for writers. If you don't object to a link, here it is. I found this series very useful. (This is just the first one.)http://lmmartin.hubpages.com/hub/Good-Writing-Is-1-the-two-biggest-mistakes-made-by-new-writers

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow, what an awesome list of posts, Sherrinda! I love that Stephen King one about the tools. That's brilliant stuff. And I love the Anne Lamott one too. Would you believe I've had "Bird by Bird" on my bookshelf for two years and still haven't read it yet? *sigh* It keeps getting shoved down my list for other craft books, but I'm dying to dive into it.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Excellent choices. I especially responded to the one from The Fire in Fiction today.

And Sarah, READ IT! :D It's one of my favs.

~ Wendy

Jeanne Takenaka said...

Great quotes, Sherrinda! I'm reading Inside..Out by Susan May Warren right now, and slowly working through the activities she gives. they are so helpful.

The quote James Scott Bell offers about a writer's clay being trouble stuck with me. :)

Carla Gade said...

Great post!

I like what Sharon Hink, and James Scott Bell on the last line.

Embrace said...

Thanks Sherrinda for sharing these. Don't think for a minute that was a cop-out post! I loved being reminded of what so many great authors have said to inspire. I am fairly new to writing (less than two years) but I was very encouraged to see I had read most of the resources you quoted. And added the others to my 'to be bought' pile.
I can't think of my favourite quote right now but if it comes to me during the day I will revisit.

Thanks again!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Duchess, thank you for sharing a link! I think any resource to help writers is awesome. And I will definitely have to check out that author. Thanks for sharing!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Thanks, Sarah! I really liked Stephen King's book on writing. So straight forward and to the point. (my kind of stuff!) And YES, you need to pull Bird by Bird off your shelf! It's a good one.

Wendy! I hope you are doing well today! I love Donald Maass and anything he writes. He is a definitely a go-to for me. :)

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Jeanne, I absolutely LOVE Inside...Out and found it so helpful is beginning a novel. It is like gathering the bones and putting it all together, piece by piece.

Carla, James Scott Bell is such a writer's writer. What great words of wisdom he has...and so generous to share!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Jodi, good for you in getting your resource library started early in your writing career. I think we are all continually learning in this field and we need all the help we can get! (I hope you come back with a great quote!)

Beth K. Vogt said...

With a blog titled "In Others' Words," you've made me a ve-ery happy gal today, Sherrinda! I post all sorts of quotes over at my blog, not just writing quotes.
Here one of my go-to quotes that motivates me as a writer (I have it posted over my desk):
"Anything I've ever done that was ultimately worthwhile ... initially scared me to death." ~Betty Bender, motivational speaker.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks Sherrinda,
I love reading special quotes. On the ACFW Crit loop Fay posts a quote. I purposely click on that email to read the quote.
Great idea for a post!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Beth, I also love quotes of all kinds. I have a small notebook where I write quotes that speak to me. Not just writing quotes, but quotes that inspire or motivate me in life.

And the quote you shared is going into my notebook! I love that!!!!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Mary, I didn't know you were on the Crit Loop. I had stepped out during the summer and hadn't gotten back into it. And yes, I remember loving that part of Fay's emails!

Marsha Hubler said...

I don't know if anyone famous ever said this, but I live it: "Revise, revise, revise!"

Pepper said...

Great encouragement and wisdom here, Sherrinda.
I loved Anne Lamont's quote - and anything by James Scott Bell.

Thanks so much for sharing