Posts tagged ‘writing’

2013

wasted

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.

Hunter S. Thompson, in a Rolling Stone interview (1996)

2013

hearing

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.

George Orwell, “Why I Write”  (1946)

2013

sound and rhythm

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.

Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing (2001)

2013

pop

I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol…

Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude (1976)

2013

wobbly

My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

2013

all

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Ernest Hemingway on writers, New York Journal-American (1961)

2013

by ear

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.

Joan Didion, The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1 (1976)

2013

shining

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (2007)

2013

peel

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

Clifton Fadiman, Reader’s Digest (1956)

2013

write

I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (1944)

2013

sic

Generally, sic means the foregoing mistake (or apparent mistake) was made by the writer/speaker I am quoting; I am but the faithful messenger; in fact I never get anything wrong myself.

Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (2003)

2013

hyphen

One must regard the hyphen as a blemish to be avoided wherever possible.

Winston Churchill, in a letter to Eddie Marsh (1934)

2013

exclamation points

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, quoted by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank in Beloved Infidel (1958).

2013

single dash

‘Wait for it,’ the single dash seems to whisper, with a twinkle if you’re lucky.

Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (2003)

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