Writers, editors, agents, book publishers—they know the secrets to getting work published. Wouldn’t you like to pick a couple of prominent ones and sit at their feet for just a little while? You can figuratively do that by browsing the snippets of advice in this book.
Short quotes are abundant, but there are a number of longer ones, even some short essays providing insights into the world of published writers. Hear from writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Lamott, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Natalie Goldberg—need I say more. Also, learn from agents, critics and others involved in the publishing industry. Here are a few of my favorites:
- There’s much to be said about the period except that most writers don’t reach it soon enough. —William Zinsser, p. 122
- Don’t get it right, get it written. —James Thurber, p. 143
- When you say something, make sure you have said it. The chances of your having said it are only fair. —E. B. White, p. 160
- You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say. —F. Scott Fitzgerald, p. 176
- I don’t think that writer’s block exists really. I think that when you’re trying to do something prematurely, it just won’t come. Certain subjects just need time…. You’ve got to wait before you write about them. —Joyce Carol Oates, p. 193.
Reading what other writers have to say about writing helps us feel less lonely in our pursuit of the muse. There’s nothing like a good quote to bring me out of the doldrums. Keep this book or one like it near your writing desk. You won’t be sorry.
Readers, do you have a favorite quote source or inspirational book for writers? Please share by commenting on this post. If you’d like to review a book for this blog, please email me at akinemily(at)gmail.com.