I’ve Always Found Verbs To Be Strong-Willed

I’ve always found verbs to be very strong-willed. They go where they want to, not where you tell them. Adjectives, however, are a fussy lot, extravagant, serendipitous, spoiled, upsetting, frivolous and remarkably sensitive to adverbs. Nouns pretend to be objective, and pronouns take everything personally.

Goodreads.com. (2020). David Gerrold Quotes (Author of The Man Who Folded Himself). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5786.David_Gerrold [Accessed 24 Jan. 2020].

The True Genius Shudders At Incompleteness

The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes (Author of The Complete Stories and Poems). (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4624490.Edgar_Allan_Poe

A Species Of Fine Frenzy

Most writers — poets in especial — prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy — an ecstatic intuition — and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes, at the elaborate and vacillating crudities of thought — at the true purposes seized only at the last moment — at the innumerable glimpses of idea that arrived not at the maturity of full view — at the fully matured fancies discarded in despair as unmanageable — at the cautious selections and rejections — at the painful erasures and interpolations — in a word, at the wheels and pinions — the tackle for scene-shifting — the step-ladders and demon-traps — the cock’s feathers, the red paint and the black patches, which, in ninety-nine cases out of the hundred, constitute the properties of the literary histrio.

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore – Works – Tales – The Philosophy of Composition [Text-02]. (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm

Give A Plot Its Indispensable Air Of Consequence

Nothing is more clear than that every plot, worth the name, must be elaborated to its dénouement before any thing be attempted with the pen. It is only with the dénouement constantly in view that we can give a plot its indispensable air of consequence, or causation, by making the incidents, and especially the tone at all points, tend to the development of the intention.

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore – Works – Tales – The Philosophy of Composition [Text-02]. (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm

Writing Is Much Freer Than Dancing

To me, writing is much freer than dancing. With writing, you could do it whenever you wanted. You didn’t have to do little exercises and stay in shape. You could have great moments of inspiration that advanced the story. In dance, unless you’re going to choreograph things yourself, you’re at the service of someone else.

Lorrie Moore Quotes – BrainyQuote. (2020). Retrieved 13 January 2020, from https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/lorrie-moore-quotes