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Asimov: Famous writers from A to Z on writing

What would a famous science fiction writer say about the art of writing? Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) said plenty on the subject. The Russian-American award-winning author wrote Fantastic Voyage, I, Robot, Nemesis, The Currents of Space, The End of Eternity, The Foundation Trilogy, The Gods Themselves, and more.

Here’s what Isaac Asimov said about bring a writer:

“If you want to be a prolific writer, you have to be a single-minded, driven, non-stop person. Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Well, then, concentrate on being a good writer, and leave prolific for those poor souls who can't help it.”

The famous author also expressed his opinion about editorial rejections:

 “Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.”

Hey, if Asimov could survive an editor’s thumbs’ down, then maybe the rest of us can grow thicker skins too.

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  1. Oh, I like quotes so I think it's cool that you're doing writing quotes for this challenge. Looking forward to what you share in the future. :) And yikes, I never thought of rejection slips as quite that horrible... Aidyl from Noveltea

  2. What a fantastic topic! I love this quote.

    @magickislife from
    My Creatively Random Life

  3. I love this theme idea! I'd heard his quote about rejection slips before, but never the one about prolific writers. Interesting! Looking forward to more quotes :-)

    Katie Fitzgerald
    Story Time Secrets
    My A to Z Challenge

  4. Great theme, I'll be reading all your posts. Interesting to hear what writers have actualy said about writing as opposed. to just reading their works.
    Carmel Galvin from
    Library Currants
    Earlier Years

  5. That's encouraging to hear. Cool theme!


  6. I love your theme and I like that quote. It's inspirational.


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