Five for Friday: Just getting it down on the page


 

“Don’t
get it right, just get it written.”–James Thurber

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“Whether
or not you write well, write bravely.” –Bill Stout

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“Don’t
think of literary form. Let it get out as it wants to. Overtell it in the
matter of detail—cutting comes later. The form will develop in the telling.
Don’t make the telling follow the form.” –John Steinbeck

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“I
don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must
know it has got to get down to work.” –Pearl S. Buck

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“It
is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.”
-Gerald Brenan

 

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2 thoughts on “Five for Friday: Just getting it down on the page

  1. Cameron Hartley

    Steinbeck is such a literary genius, ever since I read Of Mice and Men, I just tuned into his work. How he sees the world. It truly is amazing. As a novelist everytime I see a steinbeck related comment now, it just makes me feel how much better I could be if only I had his english gifts. In my book, Francis Turnmill, I tried to emulate some of his characters, but regretfully, wasn’t able to. He’s too subtle. The editors I had at schiel and denver publishing http://www.schieldenver.com tried to help me explore that complexity and hidden subtlety but it was just too obscure in the end to keep it up over 300 pages. Thanks anyway for the steinbeck quote.

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