Friday, November 30, 2012

Fab Fun Friday: We Write to Avoid Oblivion -Faulkner

In the end, Writers Simply Cannot Help Themselves!

Why would you want to even do this writing thing…?

Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer – and if so, why?
– Bennett Cerf

Writing is hard work and bad for the health. - E B White


The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none. – Francois Rene de Chateaubriand

I was always a bit reluctant with anything like fame and the limelight and it didn't sit very well with me, although I love singing and writing. - Alex Parks

Writing a book is not as tough as it is to haul thirty-five people around the country and sweat like a horse five nights a week. - Bette Midler



All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. – Red Smith

I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit. – P.G. Wodehouse

You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.
Robert Frost

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
William Faulkner

In the writing of books, as all the world knows, two things are above all other things essential - the one is to know exactly when and where to leave off, and the other to be equally certain when and where to begin. - Jeffrey Farnol

My brother-in-law wrote an unusual murder story. The victim got killed by a man from another book. - Robert Sylvester


So that...

[The writer] knows he has a short span of life; that the day will come when he must pass through the wall of oblivion, and he wants to leave a scratch on that wall – Kilroy was here – that somebody a hundred, or a thousand years later will see.
William Faulkner

Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals. - Don DeLillo
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  1. Very interesting and thought provoking compilation of quotes!

  2. Thanks, Tracy - will was fun, and sort of encouraging to me - just like you!