It’s weird how it happens. You’re reading along and something the author says hits you like a slap upside the head. “That’s it!” you exclaim. “That’s exactly how I would have said it, if only I could have found those same words.”
What makes quotations memorable is how many times they impress readers as the perfect way to make a salient observation. Yesterday I commented on what Richard Mabry said in a recent interview:
“God will change people with your writing, even if it only changes one person—because writing will change you.”
Today I found two more excellent quotations that I think are well worth repeating.
Anna M. Clark‘s first book, Green, American Style just launched this month. In a guest post on Rachelle Gardner’s blog Anna says, “Now that I’m here, I realize that there is no here at all. Publishing the book, it turns out, is not a destination but a milestone in the journey.”
The other quote comes from Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, published in 1999. In it author Robert McKee suggests that “Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master them.”
For me, they’re all “slap me upside the head” quotations — ones I wish I’d said myself but, of course, didn’t. I have a binder in which I keep a lot of writing resources and you can bet I’ll be adding these to my inspiration section.
Do you have a favourite writing-related quotation?