Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
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Using Quotes in Your Book and Research Tips (Part 1)
As often as I run into authors wanting to use song lyrics in their novels, I also run into authors wanting to use quotes in their non-fiction books. (If you missed the post about using song lyrics in your manuscript, you can find it HERE 101:08) It seems that many authors like the way somebody else said something previously and don’t think they can say it any better.
Well, I don’t know about that. But I do know that you cannot simply take someone else’s words—no matter how wonderfully written—and plop them into your for-sale book. That’s plagiarism. And, you cannot simply use a significant amount of material…
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“You’re going to relegate my history to a month.”
“I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”
“When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I’d discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater.”
“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”
“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
“I want you to show them the difference between what they think you are and what you can be.”
“Nietzsche said without music, life would be a mistake. To me, without books, life would be a mistake.”
“I believe that the writer should tell a story. I believe in plot. I believe in creating characters and suspense.”