Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Thoughts for the day

Not a lot going on the past few days so I thought I'd post a few quotes I like:

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand." ~ Winston Churchill

"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." ~ Thomas Mann

"As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly." ~ Paul Rudnick

"Don't loaf and invite inspiration. Light after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it."~ Jack London

"The only certainty about writing and trying to be a writer is that it has to be done, not dreamed of or planned and never written, or talked about (the ego eventually falls apart like a soaked sponge), but simply written; it's a dreadful, awful fact that writing is like any other work."
~ Janet Frame

"Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day."~ Norman Mailer

"The time to work is shorter all the time and if you waste it you ... have committed a sin for which there is no forgiveness." ~ Ernest Hemingway

"Writing is the only thing that ... when I'm doing it, I don't feel that I should be doing something else instead." ~ Gloria Steinem


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