Because I've found so many great quotes on writing, I've decided to include ten quotes this week instead of the usual five. I've also included an extra humorous quote. Enjoy! :D
1. Every man's life is a fairytale written by God's fingers.
-Hans Christian Anderson
2. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
-C. S. Lewis
3. I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
4. Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
5. I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
-Honore de Balzac
6. To anyone who knows a writer, never underestimate the power of your encouragement.
7. If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter.
8. A wonderous dream, a fantasy incarnate, fiction completes us, mutilated beings burdened with the awful dichotomy of having only one life and the ability to desire a thousand.
-Mario Vargas Llosa
9. Some things can only be said in fiction, but that doesn't mean they aren't true.
10. Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.
I once heard a fellow novelist call writing 'successful schizophrenia'--we invent people and worlds that don't exist; but instead of being medicated, we are paid for it.
If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it in an hour when it isn't expecting it.
"But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually--their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on--and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same--like old Mr. Bilbo. But those aren't always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we've fallen into?"
-Sam, from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Happy adventures, and trust the Author of our lives for His perfect ending!