EDITING 101: 48 – Using Quotes in Your Book and Research Tips – Part 1…

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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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~Quotable!~ Morgan Freeman


Morgan Freeman

An American actor, producer, and narrator, Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), He has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Invictus (2009). He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He got his break as part of the cast of the 1970s children’s program The Electric Company.
Morgan Freeman is ranked as the 3rd highest box office star with over $4.316 billion total box office gross, an average of $74.4 million per film. Image from Google.


“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.”

Quotable – Ernest J. Gaines


Ernest Gaines

Ernest Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and A Gathering of Old Men. Image from Google


“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.”