Dance On

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
Mark Twain

If ever there was a stylist who showed a passion for words it’s “the founding father of American fiction,” Mark Twain. Put a bunch of Twain lovers together and they’re bound to talk about his intoxication with language. They’ll also tell you that for Twain, writing was about capturing the poetry of everyday speech. Language was music to his ears, a kind of jazz improvisation. He had little patience for prescribed approaches to writing and didn’t spend a lot of time revising his work.

He was also a “writing fool.” His autobiography, which he spent decades dictating and refused to release during his lifetime, weighs in at an astonishing 500,000 words. Amazing! It’s not surprising then, that Brainy Quotes posts 11 pages of witty Twain sayings, many of which focus on writing. Here are some personal favorites to get your creative juices flowing:

“My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.”

“The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.”

“A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.”

“If you would have your work last forever, and by forever I mean fifty years, it must neither overtly preach nor overtly teach, but it must covertly preach and covertly teach.”

“Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.”

“On with the dance, let joy be unconfined…”

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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