Okay, I’m a little bit surprised that nobody guessed yesterday’s quote. Seeing as I thought we had some serious Potter fans up in this piece I figured that one of you peeps would have guessed that this was from my girl Hermione. You let me down, people.
Make it up by guessing this little jammer.
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Yesterday’s quote should have been elementary for you. Get it? Sherlock Holmes? Ha!
Can you guess which writer authored this one?
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Did you take a stab at the quote from yesterday? That shiznit was from Josheph Heller’s little ditty called Catch-22. Seeing as I was in the Army and understand how effing stupid bureaucracy can be–i.e. as a linguist I needed to know the effective range of an M16 to make sergeant–I feel like I should have liked this book more. But I didn’t. I mean there were parts that made me laugh–that quote from yesterday being a bueno example–but for the most part I was just paging along, waiting for Yossarian to lose his shit and go on a shooting spree. Didn’t happen though. Bummer.
Anyhoot, take a peek at a quote from some dead white guy and tell me who you think it is in the comment field.
“If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.”
I know I left the name in that quote from yesterday, but I’m guessing not everyone has read the Uglies series. I think it’s crazy how many people totally bag on the series because the metaphors are so clear-cut, but I think that’s part of what makes the books so cool. When I was a youngling I was totally obsessed over the way I looked, or at least how I perceived that others saw me. That’s why making the topic so clear cut–as in there are zero taboos in the book about getting the ‘pretty’ surgery–is a pretty solid way of confronting the issue of teen self-consciousness, you know?
Anyways, check out this quote about writing from some person who is smarter than me:
“Eight hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, that’s the only way I know how to do it.”
Yesterday’s quote was from the not-so-tough but still pretty awesome, Atticus Finch. Today’s writer quote is a little long, but it’s still pretty awesome.
“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane. I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed.”