Real Blogga Quotes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.
Overcertified adjectives are the mark of most best-seller writing.
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.
-Jason Lea, JLea@News-Herald.com
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