All Things Writerly: 10 More Quotes from 10 Different Folks

Warren Ellis

So the last batch of writer quotes went over well and I thought it was about time to spread some more inspiration.  I think we could all learn a lesson or two from these great people.  Here’s what they had to say:


1. “Art is about discovery and finding your way.  To do either, you must first become lost.  Getting lost is the wind-up to real breakthroughs.”

– Kaare Andrews


2. “Writing is an extreme privilege, but it’s also a gift.  It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.”

– Amy Tan


3. “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”

– Elmore Leonard


4. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

– Anton Chekhov


5. “The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”

– Agatha Christie


6. “A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.”

– Edna St. Vincent Millay


7. “Journalism is just a gun.  It’s only got one bullet in it, but if you aim right, that’s all you need.  Aim it right and you can block a kneecap off the world.”

– Warren Ellis


8. “If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.”

– Victor Hugo


9. “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”

– Herman Melville


10. “First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”

– Ray Bradbury


Alrighty.  Well, that’ll about do it for this segment of All Things Writerly.  Until next time, friends.  But in the meantime, let’s remember this simple mantra: Don’t suck.  Do your best.  And in the end, maybe that’ll be enough.

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