Monday, January 4, 2010

Wisdom and Writing

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Franz Kafka

Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Stephen King

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau

Truth is stranger then Fiction, but it is because Fiction is bliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
Mark Twain in Pudd'nheadWilson's New Calendar (1897)

To hold a pen is to be at war.

I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
Gordon Lish

You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

1 comment:

dura mater said...

I know that you will bless people with your writing and get published someday because you have a gift and passion, but also "perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, and desire" like good ol' Gordon Lish says. (Who's Gordon Lish?)