sábado, 29 de outubro de 2011

10 citações sobre escrita criativa / 10 quotes about writing

One day i will find the right words and they will be simple
Jack Kerouac

… You learn and grow with your characters - don’t think there’s any special merit in having a lofty distance from them. Your books will always be about you to some degree - they will always reflect your view of the world in some way. In the end it doesn’t matter where your creativity comes from - whether research, imagination, real life - in the end you always write about what you know, wherever your knowledge has come from.
Anna Maxted

You write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.
Sean Connery no filme Finding Forrester


“Writers imagine that they cull stories from the world. I'm beginning to believe that vanity makes them think so. That it's actually the other way around. Stories cull writers from the world. Stories reveal themselves to us. The public narrative, the private narrative - they colonize us. They commission us. They insist on being told. Fiction and nonfiction are only different techniques of story telling. For reasons that I don't fully understand, fiction dances out of me, and nonfiction is wrenched out by the aching, broken world I wake up to every morning.”

Arundhati Roy, O Deus das Pequenas coisas

But somewhere in the heat of magic that boundary between word and the thing ruptures. It cracks, and the one flows back into the other, and the two meld together and fuse. Language gets tangled up with the world it describes.

Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas—abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken—and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created. 

Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.

Ursula Le Guin 

There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas, of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence—an overwhelming determination to succeed. 

Sophy Burnham

Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.

William Faulkner

We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.

Neil Gaiman in his Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech, The Graveyard Book.

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