Quote the Raven
Many get inspiration from the words of those who have come before us. I know I do! So this month instead of my ramblings (you all know you love me!), I thought I'd share some other writers' and authors' words on writing, imagination, literature, and life in general.
I know I lean on others' words for thoughts (and steal their quotes for the front of my columns). I do hope that some of these quotes inspire you as they do me...and If not, you still have me next month to banter about the craft of writing again. Enjoy !
Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit at a
typewriter and open a vein.
There is no perfect time to write.
There's only now.
Either write something worth reading or
do something worth writing.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must
be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a
barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Some stories don't have a clear beginning,
middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the
moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see
Books are the legacies that a great genius
leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as
presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
The liberty of the press is a blessing when we
are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves
overborne by the multitude of our assailants.
You must keep sending work out; you must never
let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that
work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have
talent, you will receive some measure of success --- but only if you
Better to write for yourself and have no
public, than to write for the public and have no self.
The most original authors are not so because
they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if
it had never been said before.
What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a
thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love,
worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.
People want to know why I do this, why I write
such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy -- and
I keep it in a jar on my desk.
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished
We want competence, but competence itself is
deadly. What you want is vision to go with it, and you do not get this from
a writing class.
At my first literary luncheon, a woman asked me
with absolute sincerity, 'How does it feel to have written your best book
Books, if you don't put them first, tend to
sulk. They retreat into a corner and refuse to work.
Develop interest in life as you see it; in
people, things, literature, music --- the world is so rich, simply throbbing
with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me
the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die --- whether it is our spirit,
our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.
Writing is a socially accepted form of
Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any
subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never
return, and you may remain in ignorance.
Melville was not ready to write Moby Dick until
he was five novels into his career.
My best friend is a person who will give me a
book I have not read.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily.
That is what Fiction means.
The only reason to write a first novel is if
you absolutely can not.
True ease in writing comes from art, not
(This one is for my brother the
accountant!) Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction
being written today.
Keep reaching for the stars.
About the Writer: Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in
175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and
reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery
Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and
many others. He is also known for his review appearances on the MCN
Forum. View his web site at
About the Writer:
Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in 175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and many others. He is also known for his review appearances on the MCN Forum. View his web site atAudioworld.