These is my entry this week to Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at SilverThreading hosted by Colleen and by Ron over at Ronovan Writes
So feel free to pop over, participate and have a read…all are welcome.
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly”.
When I came across this quote more than anything, the name of the author rang a bell. I never read anything by him. I just think he was on one of my ‘to read’ lists. He had some pretty interesting influences (all the writers I should have read but haven’t yet):
“…Born on July 3, 1883, in Prague, capital of what is now the Czech Republic, writer Franz Kafka grew up in a middle-class Jewish family. After studying law at the University of Prague, he worked in insurance and wrote in the evenings. In 1923, he moved to Berlin to focus on writing, but died of tuberculosis shortly after. His friend Max Brod published most of his work posthumously, such as Amerika and The Castle…”
Today I am sharing on Writers Quote Wednesday over at SilverThreading.com. It’s in collaboration with RonovanWrites.com where writers share quotes by writers that are inspiratoonal..or not. Anyway, it’s a fun event. All are welcome to join in. I am a little late this week, but here is mine:
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
– Oscar Wilde
“If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us.”
Wow! I am still thinking about the meaning of this last one:)
It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at SilverThreading.com in collaboration with RonovanWrites.com
Here are my quotes this week:
“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
I never quite thought of building characters like that. But it makes sense. I guess my company is made of the people I come in contact with two steady players walking through different scenes. An interesting thought
Now for the next quote:
“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”
These quotes I find have important lessons I think. My favorite though is the Virginia Woolf. I can see how not standing your ground when it comes to your work could lead to no good. I was having flashes of Hemingway as I read that quote.
I went on a dig for more information on her and I found this link: Virginia Woolf
I relate more to this one. When it so happens that I do have to get up in the middle of the night to get something out of my head. I make a conscious effort not to edit it out of existence. Sometimes I succeed.
Writer’s Quote Wednesday is a colloboration between
I love this idea of quoting a writer as it pertains to writing. A quote that influence, inspired, leave a mark on your psyche. For mine as far as who said it..sorry, don’t remember his name, having a malfunction of my gray matter. He was being interviewed or was on a panel discussion on the process of writing or growing a character.
In essence he said
“…as a writer the characters reveal themselves to the writer. They start as a shadow, a distant mirage moving toward you. As they get closer the image is sharper ending with the revelation that we as writers gladly take credit for…”
That was the coolest thing I’d ever heard a writer say. Some others that I found that now have me digging for their work:
“It is perectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brillantly” – C.J. Cherryh
” Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards”