“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Failure Is NOT An Option

Failure ain’t an option, according to Sam Beckett (right), it’s an inevitability. It’s amazing how easy the writing lark gets when you embrace that fact …
  Anyone else collect mottos? I don’t go bananas on it, but over the years I have picked up a few choice writing-related lines that I keep dotted around the desk for those times when the muse is gone on the razz with her cider-swilling buddies. To wit:
“Try again, fail again, fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

“When you leave your typewriter you leave your machine-gun and the rats come pouring through.” – Charles Bukowski

“If you’re out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” – Albert Einstein

“Crime is but a left-handed form of human endeavour.” – WR Burnett
  The Big Question - What’s the line that gets you girding your loins and thundering once more unto the breach, Horatio?

4 comments:

Claire Coughlan said...

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." Oscar Wilde

Vanda Symon said...

"Writers write. That's all it is. It is as simple and as complex as that." Stephen King

Declan Burke said...

Ta, folks ... me likey. Cheers, Dec

Ruth said...

This from Frank Darabont, who wrote the screenplay for The Shawshank Redemption:

'....the perverse downside of seeking one's limits is that one usually FINDS them, which is akin to running headlong and unhelmeted into a brick wall on a daily basis. The good news is, every time you smack into it, that wall gets pushed a little further back... that's why it's important not to give in to your fears and doubts, and to keep writing...'