Tuesday, September 9, 2014


photo by Lynn Carlson
post by Lynn

I collect quotes, especially quotes by writers. As I read through the notebook where I scribble or cut-and-tape these quotes, I am struck by what a colorful, irascible bunch of human beings we writers are.

The quotes makes me laugh, and also leave me thinking that even on my most disgruntled days—it's not a problem, because I am in such excellent company!

You think I’m making this up? Here’s a sampling:

“You’re miserable, edgy and tired. You’re in the perfect mood for journalism.”                   - Warren Ellis

“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”         - Kurt Vonnegut 

“A story is not a carrier pigeon with a message clamped to its leg.” - David Madden 

“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into a bouillon cube.”          - John Le Carre

“If I had to give young writers advice, I’d say don’t listen to writers talking about writing.”             - Lillian Hellman

“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.”                        - H.G. Wells 

So if you find yourself frustrated, grumpy, sharp-tongued or short-tempered…

Welcome to the tribe!


  1. Those quotes are hilarious!! Especially Lillian Hellman's about not listening to advice- while she's giving advice.

    1. Yeah - that cracked me up too. I have a lot of positive, go-for-it type quotes in my collection too, but I think it inspires me in a weird way to see that writers can be such curmudgeons :-)


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