Writing Quote: Eat Its Head Off

It’s that time of week, again: time for another dose of Writing Quotes.  I’ve quoted Isaac Asimov here, before, so I won’t belabor you with his biography or lists of accomplishments.  I’ll let the link to his previous quote do that.  So, what does Uncle Isaac have to tell us today?

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.

~Isaac Asimov

It’s an important lesson for we writers.  We hear it time and time again, and yet it bears repeating, if getting published is our goal.  I, myself, am planning soon (as soon as I get a little time to address a large manila envelope) to send out that story I wrote.  And, when I have time again, I’ll be spending a little time working on a first (and very rough) draft of my next story (or two… I’m contemplating taking some of my old Friday Flash/Author Aerobics stories here and fleshing them out a bit).  It’s sloooooooooooooowwww going for me.  But that’s to be expected, under the circumstances.

Mostly, though, I picked this quote not because it’s such good advice (it is, but that’s not why I picked it).  Mostly, I picked it because I loved the metaphor embedded in this one: “never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer”.  Fantastic.

Happy Writing.

Quote: What Would You Write?

Another random writing quote this week to round out your weekend.

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.

~ Isaac Asimov

You may have heard of Mr. Asimov, robot-story-writer extraordinaire, and originator of the “Three Laws of Robotics“, who wrote the short story collection on which the movie “I, Robot” was (loosely) based.  He also wrote a number of books called the “Foundation” books which, buzz has it, are being made into movies. 

I thought this quote was a fun commentary on the writer’s inherent existential purpose: to write.  If you had six minutes to live, what would you write?

Happy writing.