Literary Birthday - Stephen King
Happy Birthday, Stephen King, born 21 September 1947
12 Quotes On Writing
- Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
- The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.
- Books are a uniquely portable magic.
- When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
- I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day … fifty the day after that … and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s—GASP!!—too late.
- The worst advice? ‘Don’t listen to the critics.’ I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they’re telling you something is broken that you can fix.
- Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.
- If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no short cut.
- You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or despair … Come to it any way but lightly.
- If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.
- Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.
- When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time’.
King is an American author of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories. King has received many literary awards including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
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17 Authors Being Honest
- I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries. ~Stephen King
- I’m the kind of writer that people think other people are reading. ~V.S. Naipaul
- I can’t change overnight into a serious literary author. You can’t compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not. ~John Grisham
- I don’t know why I started writing. I don’t know why anybody does it. Maybe they’re bored, or failures at something else. ~Cormac McCarthy
- A conglomerate heap of trash, that’s what I am. But it burns with a high flame. ~Ray Bradbury
- I fell into writing, I suppose, being one of those awful children who wrote verses. I went to a convent in New York—the Blessed Sacrament… I was fired from there, finally, for a lot of things, among them my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was spontaneous combustion. ~Dorothy Parker
- I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones - like most writers. ~Erica Jong
- I never wrote so much as a line worth a nickel when I was under the influence of alcohol. ~Raymond Carver
- Why would I care what other people are thinking? I don’t care what an audience thinks of me. ~Bret Easton Ellis
- I’m pleased to have outsold great writers. But I’m not insane - I realize I am a writer people buy to take on vacation. ~Maeve Binchy
- I’m slightly mercenary: I write for the money. ~Frederick Forsyth
- If I could read while I was driving, showering, socializing or sleeping, I would do it. ~Elizabeth Gilbert
- If I write a new play, my point of view may be profoundly modified. I may be obliged to contradict myself and I may no longer know whether I still think what I think. ~Eugene Ionesco
- It was then that I saw the business of writing for what it truly was and is to me. It is your penance for not being lucky. It is an attempt to reach others and to make them love you. It is your instinctive protest, when you find you have no voice at the world’s tribunals, and that no one will speak for you. ~Anita Brookner
- Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name. ~Vladimir Nabokov
- The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today. I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role. ~J. M. Coetzee
- The literary interview won’t tell you what a writer is like. Far more compellingly to some, it will tell you what a writer is like to interview. ~Martin Amis
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