Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On Success, Character, Reviews and Criticism

With thanks to Wendy, who sent most of the gems below along.

I finished the final edits for Ashton's Secret yesterday, sent the manuscript off to be turned into a book. Next time I see it will be in galley form. All I have to do is proof read it, approve the galley and the next step is...a release date!

So this first quote has particular meaning to me, today, although I like them all.

"Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world." --Tom Clancy

"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does." -- William Faulkner

“From my close observation of writers...they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.” --Isaac Asimov

"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger." --Franklin Jones

"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." --Elbert Hubbard


Sheryl said...

OK, thank you, Liana and Elbert Hubbard. I'm in a bad place on the personal front (like we get sometimes) and I was about to throw in the towel. Now, I'm not.

Here's another few quotes, while we're at it:
A woman is like a teabag--only in hot water do you reaize how strong she is - Nancy Reagan

The best time for planning a book is while your doing the dishses - Agathie Christie

He who laughs, lasts - Mary Pettibone Poole

Unfortunately, sometimes people don't hear you until you scream - Stefanie Powers.

Aaaaaagh! Ah, that's better1 :)

liana laverentz said...

That was my favorite one, myself :)

Go, Elbert....and Stefanie :)

jodi said...

For some reason I have weird quotes