Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Inspiring Quotes for #Writing

Need a little push to get your writing off the ground today?

Here are five of my favorite quotes on the topic:

"Wounded villains often wear their wounds like a badge and use them to justify their villainy." -- James Frey (HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER)

"Whether or hero is skilled or not, it's the relative size of the challenge that makes these stories work. And one rule of thumb is: The badder the bad guy, the greater the heroics." -- Blake Snyder (SAVE THE CAT)

"If your every sentence admits a doubt, your writing will lack authority. Save the auxiliaries would, should, could, may, might, and can for situation involving real uncertainty." -- Strunk & White (THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE)

"Whatever drives the main character ... make sure it is an inner conflict as powerful as any outer conflict could hope to be: urgent, unavoidable, and full of an emotional appeal that anyone can feel." -- Donald Maass (WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL)

"YA writers must master ... a youthful sensibility. Young people are learning to be self-aware rather than self-centric, and their appreciation of others' places ... in the world is still maturing. ... see the world as youngsters see it, letting that view influence your phrasing and sentiments." -- Deborah Halverson (WRITING YA FICTION FOR DUMMIES)

How about you? Do you have a favorite writing quote? Share it in the comments. :) Happy writing!


  1. No great writing quotes off hand, but I appreciate yours.

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