A Bevy of Quotations

Due to camera and time constraints i have yet to take my cinemagraphs. However, needing to keep moving forward with my UGP, i have moved on to writing captions for pictures i haven’t taken yet. Some would say that this is madness, and to them i would say madness? all together now!

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Does anyone else find it funny that this isn’t even close to the screen-cap from the movie where Leonidas actually says that? The Boromir meme is also the wrong screen-cap. No? Just me? I digress.

I have decided on what images i want to create with my camera, so it will be like reverse-engineering a photo-essay. I will have to tailor my images to my captions, words to fit my images. Some of my images will use quotes and words written by people other than me, in this case the captions are easy. A caption for an image of a cloudy thought bubble will read:

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow.

In fact i like the idea of using quotes from famous people, books, and movies, whatever. I think it will be challenging and fun to use other peoples words to make my point. Also there’s no way i’m more profound than Dostoyevsky or Emerson so there’s that too.

For an image of a pen with blood for ink, representing the raw self-expression a writer must use i will use the caption: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway. An obvious quote i’m sure, but an excellent one nonetheless. Rather than reveal all my images i will simply provide the rest of my quotes and leave a little mystery till the end.

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Personally, I believe “Young Adult” to be an arbitrary title that means the book “Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who’s not quite an adult/Isn’t really boring.” – Shannon Hale

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” – Fred Rogers

“Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.” – David Gerrold

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged…I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.” -Erica Jong

“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.” – George R. R. Martin

“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I think that these quotes are thought-provoking and are also demonstrate a lot of what i feel about writing and the important aspects of it. In fact i found a ton of quotes that i found to be incredibly insightful into the process of writing itself as well as being very motivational. One that i found particularly poignant and funny was “Put weather in.” – Joseph Hansen.

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