Monthly Archives: January 2012

‘Riting Resolutions

A new year. A new commitment to writing the great American novel. Perhaps quotes from other writers will motivate you:

Don’t get it right; just get it written. ~ James Thurber

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. ~ Stephen Wright

If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, but a waiter. 
~ Anonymous

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are. ~  Somerset Maugham

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators. ~ 
Olin Miller

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. 
~ Jules Renard

Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s good only when it’s over.
 ~ Hunter S. Thompson

The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book. ~ 
Mickey Spillane

What no wife of a writer understands is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window. ~ Burton Rascoe

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  ~  Elmore Leonard

I love being a writer.  What I can’t stand is the paperwork.  ~ Peter De Vries

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.
 ~ Will Shetterly

And if all else fails …

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. 
~Raymond Chandler

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