Monday, June 27, 2011

Quotes Week, Part One

This week I'm just going to be featuring a bunch of quotes about writing. Because, well, I need to be writing, instead of blogging. So here you go:

For Simon:
  • You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury

For me (because I need to remember this while in revision):
  • I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard

For Ted:
  • If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

40 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

:o) I love how you've directed these to your mates! haha.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the quotes. And fun that you directed them to your friends. Glad you're getting some writing done.

Tracy said...

The Leonard quote is the best...and SOOOOO true!

good luck getting that plugging away on the writing. :D

Sarah said...

I like that Leonard quote a lot. It was relevant this weekend as I tried to decide where to begin my story. Happy writing/revising, Matt!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Those are great quotes.

Steve C said...

Excellent quotes. Looking forward to the rest of this week.

Kelly Lyman said...

I LOVE quotes in general and but these are great. You nailed the perfect one for Simon too. And, I"m trying to revise as well, so the quote from Elmore Leonard is just what I needed to hear! Have a great Monday and good luck with your revisions.

mshatch said...

I'll take number #2 because right now I'm having to cut out all the parts I would skip. and it's a lot.

Clarissa Draper said...

Great quotes. Hope your writing week goes well.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Or, if you're a celebrity, you can hire someone else to write that book under your name!

And it can be any book! Since the celebrity probably hasn't read any books anyway. Think of all the selection!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leave out the boring parts - check!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Tony and I have pretty much the same perogative.

Sommer Leigh said...

I love Emore's quote!!!! Whenever I find myself accidentally skimming something in my book, I immediately figure out how to delete it.

salarsenッ said...

Great quotes and always a reminder to keep at it!!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for inebriation!! But seriously!!! Fab inspiring quotes!! Take care
x

Talei said...

Toni Morrison's by far!! I love it. Now, where's my Muse?

Angie Paxton said...

I love the Bradbury quote. It's one I haven't heard before. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Offutt said...

Good luck writing. I look forward to purchasing said book or vying for one of your ARC's.

Jeanmarie Anaya said...

Great motivators! I, too, need to stay the hell away from blogger and get back to my manuscript! I know how you feel.

Michael G-G said...

You've given me the title to my new autobiography: DRUNK, SKIP, READ. Thank you, and keep the quotes coming!

ali said...

Ah! I *love* the first two! Fabulous!

erica and christy said...

Good luck! We've got that Toni Morrison quote on our blog, but it would be better to get it tattooed on our arms or something so we don't forget!
erica

Paul Joseph said...

The Morrison quote is a favorite of mine, and the Elmore quote is perfect for one in the middle of revisions - that's a good way of thinking about the story.

And, of course, the quote for Simon is perfect.

Tracey Neithercott said...

These are great quotes. Too bad for Simon Ray Bradbury didn't say "You must stay drunk so writing cannot destroy you."

Colene Murphy said...

Great quotes! Now get back to work!!

Laura Marcella said...

Love all of these! Be sure to check out my quotes post today because you're featured! :)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

good luck with the writing! GO GO GO!

Shannon said...

Great quotes! Good luck with the writing!

Anita said...

I love Leonard and pretty much anything he says is quote-worthy to me. I should have this one taped over my desk. :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I so agree with all of those quotes, especially loved the last one. :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Bradbury is the man. :)

Donna Hole said...

Gotta stay focused on the writing right?

.......dhole

Bryce Daniels said...

All great quotes, Matt.
Have a productive writing week, and bring us back the parts that we DO want to read!!!

(A no-brainer for you, my friend)

Lydia K said...

I love these quotes. I never get tired of seeing them. Thanks!

JM Leotti said...

Great quotes! Thanks for posting them. Good luck with your revisions--I'm happy for you that you are that close to finishing! Yay! (BTW, I've been feeling the same way about blogging lately, hence no blogs--I've been feeling guilty!)

Munk said...

Tasty bites.

Rusty Webb said...

Well, I could have used some of that advice a long time ago - it would have saved me a lot of time.

Happy writing.

Ted Cross said...

Good choices for all of us. Just so you know, my uncle's house's internet it down, so I haven't been able to get on except for rare times when we visit a Starbucks.

Joe said...

The Leonard quote is one of my favorite and Bradbury is the coolest.

Simon C. Larter said...

I stay drunk on alcohol so the writing doesn't destroy me.

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