December Hodgepodge (On Creativity)

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.  So I did ten times more work.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.”
—James Yorke, mathematician

“The best sentence? The shortest.”
– Anatole France, French poet and novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.”
–V. S. Pritchett, writer of short stories

“I love words but I don’t like strange ones. You don’t understand them and they don’t understand you. Old words is like old friends, you know ‘em the minute you see ‘em.”
– Will Rogers

“What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Instructions for living a life:
Pay Attention.
Be Astonished.
Tell about it.

– Mary Oliver, from her poem “Sometimes,” in Red Bird

2 thoughts on “December Hodgepodge (On Creativity)”

  1. Hi Phillip, I have learned a lot from your book as a new aspiring novelist. It has given me fresh perspective on my writing capabilities and spurred me on to finish my chick lit and historical romance manuscripts.

    I’ve been blogging about your book and inspiring others to read it too!

    Just thought i’d share that with you. :)

    http://theideagirlsays.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/blogging-what-you-know-writing-a-story-philip-martin-sophie-kinsella/

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