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7 Writing Quotes

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E. L. Doctorow

Writing is a socially acceptable form or schizophrenia. – E. L. Doctorow

Cut out all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I am irritated by my writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sounds he hears within. – Gustave Flaubert

Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. – Lawrence Kasdan

I write in order to attain the feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk. – H. L. Mencken

Writing is thinking on paper.

Reference: I never metaphor I didn’t like by Dr. Mardy Grothe (2008) Harper Collins Publishing


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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