Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

March 30, 2014

Quotes By, For, and About the Writer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 10:15 AM

Rob Loughran has written a book called 906 Quotes, For, and About the Writer. He has graciously given me permission to quote some of them here. If these wet your palette, then check out his entire book here.

There are no rules to writing, but if there were,
caring would be right up there. Or, as we intellectuals
are fond of saying, you had better give a shit.
-William Goldman

A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a
boy learns from an apple orchard-by stealing what he
has a taste for and can carry off.
–Archibald MacLeish

Words are loaded pistols.
-Jean-Paul Sartre

As far as I’m concerned “whom” is a word that was
invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
-Calvin Trilling

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
-Samuel Beckett

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the
paperwork.
-Peter DeVries

The most important advice I would suggest to
beginning writers: Try to leave out the parts that readers
skip.
-Elmore Leonard

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

There is only one way to make money at writing,
and that is to marry a publisher’s daughter.
-George Orwell

The reward for conformity was that everyone liked
you except yourself.
-Rita Mae Brown

To write a novel, you begin with what you can see
and then you add what came before and what came
after.
-Thomas Harris

The best time for planning a book is while you’re
doing the dishes.
-Agatha Christie

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
-Eddie Cantor

My play was a complete success. The audience was
a failure.
-Ashleigh Brilliant

I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without
it.
-Jonathan Winters

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