Friday, May 14, 2010

Real Blogga Quotes

I was going to prepare this awesome post about inappropriate book covers; but I'm in a Cavs-induced stupor and don't feel like it.

Hopefully, I'll feel better by Monday. In the meantime, enjoy some storytelling advice from the masters:

Most editors are failed writers — but so are most writers.
-T.S. Eliot

There is no such thing as pure fact, innocent of interpretation. Behind every fact presented to the world — by a teacher, a writer, anyone — is a judgment. The judgment that has been made is that this fact is important, and that other facts, omitted, are not important.
-Rhoden Howard Zinn

It’s impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many.
-Margaret Atwood

In ancient times a story could end only in two ways: having passed all the tests, the hero and the heroine are married, or else they died. The ultimate meaning to which all stories refer has two faces: the continuity of life, the inevitability of death.
-Italo Calvino

When you create characters and a storyscape that occupy somebody else’s imagination, you lose the sole authority to determine how that work resounds in others’ dreams.
-Makal Gilmore

The recent school of novel writers forget in their insistence on life, and nothing but life, in a plain slice, that a story must be worth the telling, that a good deal of life is not worth any such thing, and that they must not occupy the reader’s time with what he can get at first hand anywhere around him.
-Thomas Hardy

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.
-Joseph Joubert

Overcertified adjectives are the mark of most best-seller writing.
-Norman Mailer

A good writer is basically a story-teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

I am to give my readers not the best absolutely but the best I have.
-C.S. Lewis

-Jason Lea,



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