Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday 13 version 14: Quotes by Famous Writers

Thirteen Quotes by Famous Writers

1.... Benjamin'>">Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher. A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.

2.... Henry'>">Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher. Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.

3.... Mark'>">Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer. Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

4.... Norman'>">Norman Mailer (1923-?) American writer. The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

5.... Karl'>">Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist. The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

6.... W'>">W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright. The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

7.... Samuel'>">Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author. You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.

8.... Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

9.... Ernest'>">Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer. Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

10.... "People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.” Stephen King quote

11.... Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other. Nora Roberts

12.... All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost. J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) South African-born English Novelist, Scholar

13.... All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. [As You Like It] William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English Poet, Playwright, Actor the Thursday Thirteen code here! The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others' comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!
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* Don't miss my live Internet radio interview tonight, Thursday July 24, 2008, 10 pm EDT at: us Thursday July 24, 2008 @ 10:00 PM EDT

I'll be chatting with Blog Ralk Radio host Yolanda Renee about my new book "Liquid Heat" published with as well as my writing career and what makes me tick.

** I finished my first edit on "Submissive Dreams" due to be published by TEB August 18, 2008. I was so thrilled that my editor said it was in good shape and didn't require much editing. I was able to do the edit in a couple hours and that was with re-reading the story, too.

Now, I only have two edits and two peer reviews to go that need to be finished this week. Not much. Oi! I'm feeling just a tad overwhelmed. I'd hoped to at least start the second edit tonight, but I'm more than a little tired and it's late. Thursday 13's always take awhile to put together. This post I did Wednesday night instead of the weekend before and preschedule.

So, really, I did get a lot done tonight - one edit and one Thursday 13. I think I just try to do too much and then feel I let myself down when I don't get it all done.

Tomorrow night is the radio interview so I don't know how much else I'll get done before. Perhaps some of the edit. I think the next edit will be tougher than the one I finished so easily tonight.

Don't get me wrong - I've had killer edits that can take days, even weeks. But lately, they've gotten much easier and quicker. I hope that means my submissions are getting better. I think it's that practice makes better. I've only written 40 or 50 or more stories by now and gone through 40 plus edits. I guess I've learned a little something - I hope so anyway. I know my editors really hope so.

To answer a comment Amarinda left the other day, yeah, I think I've gotten jaded on promotion. At least I've not been able to pinpoint what type of promo works. I also have my hubby on my back when I spend any $ on it. I get my kids on my back if I spend an inordinate amount of time on it. Still, I keep trying different things.


Unknown said...

Well - you can only do what you can do

Sandra Cox said...

I loved the 13 quotes. Though if Thoreau was right, I'd be sawing wood instead of writing:) I especially like Twain's. Great blog!

Phoenix said...

And my favorite quote, "Look, Mom, I'm a bobble head." P, age 4.

Molly Daniels said...

My nephew, age 6: "We're having RERUNS again?" (Meaning leftovers)

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Shelley Munro said...

I loved the quotes. Writers say awesome things. :)

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