Ink has settled into my fingerprints But to keep the words I fear to rinse. When writing a text that includes sources, you need to quote the sources you are working with. Everything else is just odd jobs. All this is a very simple matter, of course, but it is just what every editor wishes every one of his contributors would do every time in such a case. ~Gail Hamilton In writing, working hard means either sticking with something and revising it until it's done, no matter how excruciating, or setting it aside for a few years until you've matured enough to do the revising. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
For a drink of written water from a spring. ~Franz von Dingelstedt, Die Amazone: Novelle, 1869, translated from German by J. There never have been, nor can there ever be. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs. ~Enrique Jardiel Poncela I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces. It would explain why authors who were ill in their childhood almost always arrive early in their career as developed stylists: Proust, Capote, and Alberto Moravia give three examples. Read on for another quiz question.
Use footnotes throughout your text to cite quotes, paraphrases and summaries. ~Ethel Wilson It is a pity that we cannot examine an author's literary entrails, so as to see on what wisdom he has been feeding. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday morning, Sen. While you want to set up the arguments that have been made on both sides in the past, you also want to make a compelling argument for yourself. ~Ahiqar The pen is mightier than the sword.
~Terri Guillemets One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. When you use the majority of, but not all of a quote, or if you begin in the middle of a quote, it is necessary to insert ellipses. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. Using Quotes in a Research Paper Using Quotes in a Research Paper Why Use Sources at All? If there is an exclamation point or question mark inside your quote, keep it inside the quotation marks. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it. ~Ray Bradbury, National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters acceptance speech, 2000 November 15th When at times I come across a good idea of mine in one of my old notebooks, I am astonished how foreign it has become to me and my system, and am as delighted with it as if it were the thought of one of my predecessors.
Also, the period that is usually placed after the parentheses is omitted. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. ~Norman Mailer, preface to 1976 reissue of Advertisements for Myself But he, sad-eyed and ashy-cheeked, When slips the pen from grasping, Sees, as he struggles, gasping, With fame the far horizon streaked Behind Death's raven gory-beaked. ~Jorge Luis Borges If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves. ~Terri Guillemets Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. It's a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.
In citing the Bible, identify the version in your first mention, followed by book, chapter and verse. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can. The trickster figure, while crucial to Native American mythos, also surfaces in African-American mythology. ~Virginia Woolf Caress your phrase tenderly: it will end by smiling at you.
Indirect quoting, or paraphrasing, is when you use a sentence from a source but change the wording slightly into your own words. I pause until the drop of light that I need is formed and falls from my pen. ~Macrobius, Saturnalia I write because I'm afraid to say some things out loud. ~Theodore Dreiser There is a zone to writing. Only the exact words of your source and the punctuation of the quote itself should be inside the quotation marks. Overuse of quotations is considered sloppy in academic writing because it relies too heavily on others to make your point.
Only if you do that can you hope to make the reader feel a particle of what you, the writer, have known and feel compelled to share. The feather, whence the pen Was shaped. ~Italian proverb Those who have had experience with type are aware of its satanic persistence towards error. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.