Commonplace Books 9

More of my favorite quotes on Writing/Literature:

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” -Itales Calvino

“If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul; you haven’t experienced poetry.” -Edgar Allen Poe

“I write to give myself strength I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” -Joss Wheadon

“My greatest fears are being too much and not enough.” -HM

“In writing. Don’t use adjectives with merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean instead of telling us the thing was “terrible” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, “Please will you do my job for me.”

-Frim C.S. Lewis in a letter he wrote to a young student in 1958


2 thoughts on “Commonplace Books 9

  1. First off I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!


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