Category Archives: Quotes on Writing

Not a mirror, but a hammer…

Bertold Brecht, author of The Threepenny Opera, stated in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee: “We are living in a dangerous world. Our state of civilization is such that mankind already is capable of becoming enormously wealthy but, as … Continue reading

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Indictment and Reprieve

Eric Partridge, author of A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, said, “Every worthwhile book contains many faults, and every worthwhile writer commits them.” What’s in a Name? Truman Streckfus Persons re-invented himself as Truman Capote. What might you expect … Continue reading

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Candle or Mirror?

Novelist Edith Wharton said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” She could, however, be a bit narrow-minded. When she tried to read Ulysses, she said: “Until the raw ingredients … Continue reading

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How to Know if You Are Really a Writer…

Great funny-but-true article by Chantelle Atkins, author of The Glorious Outsiders and The Tree of Rebels, in the Authors Publish Newsletter

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“The immediate, the real, the only, the yours”

Trying to read Henry James puts me to sleep, but he did have good advice for his friend Edith Wharton. He encouraged her to write about the New York City she knew so well and disliked. He said, “Don’t pass … Continue reading

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A Different Reason to Become a Writer

Tami Hoag’s high school guidance counselor suggested that she become an actress, but Hoag (bestselling author of The Boy and A Thin Dark Line, among many other novels) thought that was too impractical. She ended up as a writer instead … Continue reading

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“It’s A Performance” published in Authors Publish Newsletter #347.

My article on reading your work in public (“It’s a Performance”) has been published in Issue 347 of the Authors Publish Newsletter. Writers who haven’t yet discovered Authors Publish should take a close look at the newsletter. They provide up-to-date … Continue reading

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