|photo by Lynn Carlson|
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!