Anton Chekhov: Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.*
E. L. Doctorow: Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Ray Bradbury: You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
Elmore Leonard: I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
Toni Morrison: If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Sharon O’Brien: Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.
Isaac Asimov: If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
Oscar Wilde: A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
W. Somerset Maugham: There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
*Anton Chekhov’s quote about the glint of light on glass is one of my all time favorite quotes. I think about this quote every time I consider “show, don’t tell.”
Do you have a favorite writer’s quote?
How many of these authors have you read?
Quotes taken from Brainy Quote and Quote Garden
Photos from Wikipedia