Archive for October, 2010

Moore on the writer

Writers have no real area of expertise. They are merely generalists with a highly inflamed sense of punctuation.–Lorrie Moore

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Magritte on creativity

The mind loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind is itself unknown.–Rene Magritte

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Chandler on the laws of mystery

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.–Raymond Chandler

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Paley on the writing process

I might write four lines or I might write twenty. I subtract and I add until I really hit something. You don’t always whittle down, sometimes you whittle up.–Grace Paley

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Gide on rules

One of the great rules of art: do not linger.–Andre Gide

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Kerouac on process

And this is the way a novel gets written, in ignorance, fear, sorrow, madness, and a kind of psychotic happiness as an incubator for the wonders being born.

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Nabokov on writing

I have written–often several times–every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.–Vladimir Nabokov

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Tchaikovsky on composition

Even in the works of greatest master we find moments when the organic sequence fails and a skillful join must be made, so that the parts appear as a completely welded whole.–Peter Illich Tchaikovsky

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Huxley on writing a good book

A bad book is as much labor to write as a good one; it comes sincerely from the author’s soul.–Aldous Huxley

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Bogan on the creative process

I have no fancy ideas about poetry. It doesn’t come on the wings of a dove. It’s something you work hard at.–Louise Bogan

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