Literary Birthday - 6 March

Happy Birthday, Gabriel García Márquez, born 6 March 1927

Nine Writing Quotes

  1. It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. 
  2. Faulkner is a writer who has had much to do with my soul, but Hemingway is the one who had the most to do with my craft - not simply for his books, but for his astounding knowledge of the aspect of craftsmanship in the science of writing.
  3. I don’t know who said that novelists read the novels of others only to figure out how they are written. I believe it’s true. We aren’t satisfied with the secrets exposed on the surface of the page: we turn the book around to find the seams. 
  4. The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied with the adaptation of their books for the screen. 
  5. Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
  6. What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
  7. Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale. 
  8. Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day. 
  9. From the moment I wrote ‘Leaf Storm’ I realized I wanted to be a writer and that nobody could stop me and that the only thing left for me to do was to try to be the best writer in the world. 

Marquez is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist. He won the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is best known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. His works have popularised a literary style known as magic realism. He is now suffering from senile dementia and can no longer write.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

351 03.06.13
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