Write in the morning, revise in the afternoon, read at night

Today one of my followers said that I ‘can’t write for toffee’. Yesterday, one more – a promoter – said that my Sophia von X book cover sucks – seems it all starts well, as usually 😂.
My answer is clear – these kind of followers goes to ->>>>> spam ( I actually found it in my spam lol so, I’m thinking: approve it or block it?). I’m probably too kind even to think about it… 

A couple of days ago I read the book about ‘mistakes the authors make’. One of them – to criticize those who criticize their books. I have no such plans, why should I? I can always make them the heroes of my story and then… kill them. Ah, first I’d torture them – killing is too easy 😜🔫🔫

Jumping to the positive,
sharing the quotes I found (about writing)… picked by me. Enjoy, such a fun read!

  • If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. H.G. Wells
  • Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream. Mark Twain
  • Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon. Raymond Chandler 
  • When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest. Stephen King
  • The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always. Arthur Miller
  • It’s hell writing and it’s hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written. Robert Hass

Put your soul in the palm of my hand
for me to look at, like a crystal jewel.
I’ll sketch it in words…
Yasunari Kawabata

  • You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere, because that’s always easiest… John Berryman
  • Writing is like making love. Don’t worry about the orgasm – concentrate on the process. Isabel Allende
  • The shame of being a man – is there any better reason to write? Gilles Deleuze
  • Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. Truman Capote

I am writing because they told me to never start a sentence with because. But I wasn’t trying to make a sentence – I was trying to break free. Because freedom, I am told, is nothing but the distance between the hunter and its prey. Ocean Vuong

  • End with an image and don’t explain. Stanley Kunitz
  • Trying to write is very much like trying to put a Chinese puzzle together. We have a pattern in mind which we wish to work out in words; but the words will not fit the spaces, or, if they do, they will not match the design. Helen Keller
  • Always get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a big slab of prose at the start. P.G. Wodehouse

No doubt I shall go on writing,
stumbling across tundras of unmeaning,
planting words like bloody flags in my wake…
Alexander Trocchi

  • Writing is like sausage making in my view; you’ll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what’s gone into it. George R.R. Martin
  • There’s nothing on Earth like really nailing the last line of a big book. You have 200 pages to tickle their fancy, and 7 words to break their heart. Alex de Campi
  • A good piece of fiction, in my view, does not offer solutions. Good stories deal with our moral struggles, our uncertainties, our dreams, our blunders, our contradictions, our endless quest for understanding. Good stories do not resolve the mysteries of the human spirit but rather describe and expand up on those mysteries. Tim O’Brien
  • I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I’m one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know. Mel Brooks

No one wants to read poetry. You have to make it impossible for them to put the poem down – impossible for them to stop reading it, word after word. You have to keep them from closing the book. Muriel Rukeyser

  • I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes. Patton Oswalt
  • An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. François-René de Chateaubriand


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47 Responses

  1. alexraphael says:

    No one can imitate you or your work 🙂

  2. Excellent examples of what a writer goes through, VR. Lots of laughs here.

  3. Aah, this is an inspiring little set of quotes. Just what I needed with my coffee to start the day. Thank you.

  4. Enjoyed this, Victoria. Because…?

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Because …you’d like to torture or kill “Her”? The one from your story … 😉

      OR

      because you 50% agreed with the authors of those quotes 🌚

      OR

      BECAUSE the question is the answer too 🤫

      P.S. “Because-quote” is really kick ass!

  5. The process, yes, but I want that orgasm too.

  6. InspiresN says:

    Being a writer and what they go through is clearly understood in the quotes. The funny ones are really amusing . All in all it’s definitely a lot of hard work and not everyone’s cup of tea !!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yes it’s a lot of hard work…and eating 🙂 to support the brains 🧠 haha

      Thank u 🌸🌸

  7. So you have a whole lot of people to kill off in your next novel! 🤣 But you need a plot for it! 🤔
    By the way, very cool and handy quotes! 💙

  8. Sorryless says:

    Writing is like sausage making. Hilarious. And true story.

  9. People can be so mean…….. Victoria you carry on b

  10. .…………. lol I got cut off! Victoria you carry on being you and ignore all the haters.

  11. kinkyacres says:

    Constructive/destructive…………………I’m leaning towards number 2 for those folk! Mel Brooks forever!

  12. Eilene Lyon says:

    Excellent quotes on the pains/rewards of writing. Sadly, I simply cannot write in the morning.

  13. markbierman says:

    Have those critics ever tried to write a book? Always alot of armchair authors chirping from the cheapseats.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Idk…they said it was a joke 🙂 I guess I don’t understand jokes… so inconvenient for a humor writer 🙂

  14. This is so inspiring.

  15. Hyperion says:

    Hi Ray! I enjoyed reading all the quotes from different authors. It reminded me that my opinion that I suck at writing is appropriate. So, I do it to have something to do because it rains a lot here and I can’t get past my mother telling me I had to have enough brains to stay out of the rain if I wanted to live a long healthy life. Thus, I write.

  16. masercot says:

    Writing is like holding a small child’s head underwater… I forget the rest…

  17. Simon says:

    Everyone it seems these days is an expert, we all have to live with them. I hope you’re well 🙂

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      They all have diff kinds of visions and ideas “how to” write or “what is” writing/book/etc 🙂 but, of course, most important to choose what works for u 😀🤸‍♀️

      Yes, I’m fine. Thank you!

  18. Jerry Laiche says:

    Perfect timing on a dose of inspiration. Today I decided to forget working on the old book. To forget critiquing my partner’s book, AND to concentrate on the next book! Made some headway too. BTW, I haven’t forgotten about the recipes – you want sweet or savory?

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Concentrate on the future books or ideas – always the best ;)) mmm, recipe – savory 😄 I love sweet but too lazy to make it 🙂

  19. Tom Burton says:

    Excellent advice for budding writers everywhere! Great spark of inspiration through your choice of quotes. 🙂

  20. I do learn so much from you. Thank you

  21. You have my respect. 👍

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