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Quotes for Writers

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." Jack London (courtesy of Five Rainbows Publishing

"If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat." Albert Einstein

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
Tom Clancy

"I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done" - Steven Wright.              

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." --Ernest Hemingway

"I hate writing, I love having written.” -Dorothy Parker

"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does."
                                                                                                  - William Faulkner


"Be so good they can't ignore you." Steve Martin


"What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" unknown


"Everyone is a genius

but if you judge a fish

on its ability to climb a tree

it will live its whole life believing

it is stupid."

Albert Einstein

Courtesy of Michele Leise, Seattle’s Best Dog Walkers

"The magic is inside you. There ain't no crystal ball." Dolly Parton, courtesy of End Malaria, edited by Michael Bungay Stanier

"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared, but only men of character are trusted." courtesy of Dr. Manish Lunker

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way and not starting." Siddhartha Gautama, Poke The Box, Seth Godin

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss,

Courtesy of Rey Hernandez

"Knowledge is a rising tide that floats all boats." Mike Meraz (not a relation of mine...)

Flannery O'Conner said somewhere that, "Anybody who manages to survive childhood has enough material to write fiction for a lifetime."


"Computers are built wrong; there's no neck to strangle." Anonymous


"What I have written, I have written." Pontius Pilate (Jesus The King of the Jews)

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of the night." P.J. ORourke, AARP May/June/2002

"Garbage in, garbage out." computer saying

"If you steal from one source, it's plagiarism...if you steal from three or more sources, it's research..." Anonymous

"Leave your imprint in the right sand", Dennis Stovall, Blue Moon Press

"Writing is licensed curiosity"  Lesley Hazelton (PNWWC)

"Writers should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted." from the audience, PNWWC


"Unsold books are inventory." PNWWC Cady (on panel)

"An artist is never poor." Babette's Feast

"At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you." Gerta (from a Barbra Streisand interview)

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it." Alistair Cooke

"If at first you do succeed, try to hide your astonishment." Los Angeles Times Syndicate

"Dissent is an act of faith." Senator Fulbright

“Your blue might be gray, your less might be more, your window to the world might be your own front door...”- Blackhawk at 1996 Puyallup Fair

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi

"I don't use a pen. I use a quill dipped in venom." Clifton Webb in the movie Laura

"It's Out of Africa meets Pretty Woman." Writer pitching idea in The Player

"How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?" Mostel in the movie Springtime for Hitler.

"Don't rewrite what I write." Beatty in the movie Reds

Hepburn: "You never wrote."

Connery: "I don't know how." the movie Robin and Marion

"How am I supposed to write for a guy who doesn't have a head?" Whoopi Goldberg in the movie Soapdish


"My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably." George Bernard Shaw


 "The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as

close together as possible." George Burns


"Do the thing and you shall have the  power." Ralph Waldo Emerson, courtesy of Elizabeth Lyon, writer & editor ( )


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson, courtesy of the Wes Studi web site.


"Every child is a story yet to be told." Sesame Street, courtesy of PBS


The following quotes are from Truman Capote, courtesy of Ginger Foglesong Gibson, author:


"When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely."

"I believe more in scissors than the pencil."

“Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.”


“That’s not writing, that’s typing.”


“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the backyard and shot it.”


"Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty." -- Mark Twain courtesy of Ginger Foglesong Gibson, Children's author (Black Crow, Black Crow, Fiesta, Siesta, Go Back To Bed, and others)


"It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final." unknown


"My working habits are simple: long periods of thinking, short periods of writing." Ernest Hemingway


"Peserverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." Walter Elliot


Courtesy of Ginger Foglesong Gibson:


“Writing is an acceptable form of schizophrenia.” E.L. Doctorow

“The desire to write grows with writing.” Erasmus


 "Reality can be beaten with enough imagination." Anonymous

Quotes courtesy of Elizabeth Lyon:


"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same." Oliver Wendell Holmes


"The more you do, the more you can do." Thomas Jefferson


"The harder you are on yourself, the easier life is on you." Steve Chandler, author of Reinventing Yourself

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Elliot

"Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to." Carl Van Doren 


“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” Ronald Reagan


Jump the couch (as Tom cruise did on Oprah): strange or frenetic behavior.

Floodweiser, the canned water Anheuser-Busch donated to hurricane victims

Spokesweasel, a public relations representative.


"If I had only ten minutes to live, I'd write faster." Isaac Asimov

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” Ronald Reagan

 "Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and child-birth...But amusing? Never." Edna Ferber


"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." Chinese proverb


 "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain (courtesy of Ginger Foglesong Guy)

"I'm either going to be a writer or a bum." Carl Sandburg

"If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing." Kingsley Amis, The Tacoma News Tribune

"This is a smorgasbord of violence." Robin Williams (Popeye) in the Popeye movie.

"Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals." John Steinbeck

"Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood." William Howard Taft


“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark Twain

"It's easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren't writers, and very little harm comes to them." Julian Barnes (courtesy of Ginger  Foglesong Guy)

"A mind stretched by an idea never returns to its original dimensions."  -Anonymous (Courtesy of Jenny Van der Ree)

"Don't write what you know--write what you want to know." Heather S. Ingram, Prophet's Choice

‘Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,
unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.”
                                    -- Edward Gibbon

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it. Tom Wolfe

"Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications." Fran Lebowitz (Oh, yeah?)

"Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try." Fran Lebowitz (I don't agree with this, either!)

"I expect to be revising in my coffin as it is lowered into the ground" Charles Simic, The Monster Loves His Labyrinth: Notebooks, courtesy of Copper Canyon Press.
"It's always Day 1." Jeff Bezos, Amazon

"I love deadlines. I love the sound they make as they go whooshing past." Julie and Julia, movie

"The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our actions."- Andre' Goden

“Don’t learn how to make excuses for not writing before you learn how to write.” David Martín, The Angel’s Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon




"People think of humor as being frivolous. But it's not. It's just a different kind of wisdom." Larry Miller


"To be creative, we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Chilton Pierce, courtesy of Aline Lesage


"Fortune is in the follow-up." courtesy of Chanel Studebaker


"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." Stephen King


"Your future isn’t determined by chance but by the choices you make." Mother hen (the author)

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." Jack London (courtesy of Five Rainbows Publishing)
"Watch your words. They become actions." Unknown
"Writing is never completed, it is simply due." Ernest Hemingway, courtesy of J. A. Konrath, The Newbie's Guide to Publishing.
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." Henry Ford
"Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence." Charles Branham
"Be nice to nerds. Chances are, you'll end up working for one." Bill Gates
"If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!" unknown, courtesy of Mark P. Sadler, author
“May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong." Bob Dylan

"There are only three rules to writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are..." Somerset Maugham

Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald'd book, This Side of Paradise: "He has been given a gift for expression without very many ideas to express." Edmund Wilson 

"Write whatever you want, as long as there's a love scene and the girl jumps in the volcano at the end." David O. Selznick

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." Unknown, courtesy of A Novel Idea Bookstore, Puyallup

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Maria Robinson, courtesy of Living Dolls Inc.

"Promise me that you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh


Elvis Has Left the Building...


My Elvis story...
Some of you have asked for the audio Elvis story, Elvis Has Left the Building...And is Living in My Computer, that used to be on my site. I'm posting it again. Originally, it was from my short story book, Free Pecan Pie and Other Short Stories. I recorded it myself; I hope you like it! (On some computers it takes a while to load.) Download for free! Click the above link.