Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quotation Saturday~

Give it wings, and it will fly...

How True:
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
~Otto von Bismarck

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
~Tom Clancy

Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
~Katherine Paterson

If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
~Kingsley Amis

The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

On the craft of writing:

The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can't tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.
~John Gardner

It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
~L P. Hartley

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. If all feels hopeless, if that famous 'inspiration' will not come, write. If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write.
~J. B. Priestly

The philosophy of it all:

The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.
~Carl Gustav Jung

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
~Michel de Montaigne

Sharing our stories can also be a means of healing. Grief and loss may isolate us, and anger may alienate us. Shared with others, these emotions can be powerfully uniting, as we see that we are not alone, and realize that others weep with us.
~Susan Wittig Albert

You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery. Explore yourself! There is power in you - the power to change yourself and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.
~Wilfred Peterson

1 comment:

Q said...

Hey Joni! This very evening I was chatting with a friend - not a writer, a machinist, a worker of metal - and was trying to explain NaNo to him, how I'd be busy, that it was 50K words of fiction and I had to come up with an idea - pronto!

He said "Fiction? just write about Argentine politics"

And I said "Nah! nobody would believe it..."

Then I find

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

~Tom Clancy