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Words of Inspirations for Writers

First you look for discipline and control. You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there’s a higher place, a secret aspiration. You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger. The best moments involve a loss of control. It’s a kind of rapture, and it can happen with words and phrases fairly often—completely surprising combinations that make a higher kind of sense, that come to you out of nowhere. But rarely for extended periods, for paragraphs and pages—I think poets must have more access to this state than novelists do. – DON DeLILLO

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. – CHARLES DICKENS

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly? – GEORGE ORWELL

To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

You must write every single day of your life.

You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.

You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.

I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.

May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories—science fiction or otherwise.

Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. – RAY BRADBURY

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Haha, nice quotes! Sublime fools unite.

    January 26, 2012
    • Maybe we should make a t-shirt with that saying: “Sublime fools unite.” We could make a bundle at writers conferences! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Jan.

      January 26, 2012
  2. these are amazing! Thank you Sara!

    January 26, 2012
  3. Love, love, love! Lately, I have been much more the sublime fool than in the past. It’s incredibly freeing.

    January 26, 2012
    • It is very freeing to be the sublime fool every so often. Isn’t it? Throwing caution to the wind and embracing your inner fool can result in some fabulous writing.

      January 29, 2012
  4. Guhhhhh Ray Bradbury! ❤ My favorite!

    January 28, 2012
  5. Just fab!

    January 28, 2012

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