Scavenger Hunt 1.

1) Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at fifteen to write several novels. — May Sarton

2) Good writing is bad writing that was rewritten. –Marc Raibert

3) Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary. — Jessamyn West

4) Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum. – Paulo Coelho

5) A writer’s block is most often caused by one of five things: overwork, boredom, self-doubt, financial worries, or emotional problems between the writer and those close to him. — Dean Koontz

6) One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. — Stephen King

7) There’s a trick I’m going to share with you. I learned it almost twenty years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. … So pay attention. Don’t begin at the beginning. — Lawrence Block

8) The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. — Stephen King

9) If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient. — Hilary Mantel

10) Meeting writers is always so disappointing. … There is this terrific book that has changed your life, and then you meet the author, and he has shifty eyes and funny shoes and he won’t talk about anything except the injustice of the United Stats income tax structure toward people with fluctuating income, or how to breed Black Angus cows, or something. — Ursual k. Le Guin


Why I like Quote 4:

It’s really true. Some people get caught up in trying to write something that’s never been written before, but that’s impossible. Instead of spending forever trying to think up a “new” idea it’s better to just combine a bunch of things together or put your own spin on things. There’s no shame in reusing an idea. At least, that’s my thought process.


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