The Mountain and the Novel

I love to climb mountains and I love to write. Writing a novel is so much like climbing a big mountain that the only just way to compare them is to lay out some quotes from both mountain climbers and writers. If one replaces the word mountain climbing with novel or writing or vice versa, it all makes sense.

Writers Quotes found at: http://pasikarppanen.net/quotes/q-writ.htm#Writing is hell

Writing is not a genteel profession. It’s quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty. Rosemary Mahoney

Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s good only when it’s over. Hunter S. Thompson

Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter. Jessamyn West

If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. William Zinsser

Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven’t been told a million times already – that writing is harder.  Lonelier. And nobler and more enriching. Harlan Ellison

Mountain Climbing Quotes found at: http://winterclimb.com/articles/item/1-climbing-quotes

Nothing substitutes a large apprenticeship, a heap of experiences which converts into the base of intuition. Doug Scott

It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks. – The 3 rules of mountaineering

Just a reminder – a guidebook is no substitute for skill, experience, judgement and lots of tension. Charlie Fowler

If we ever have children and they become climbers I’ll tell them, “Stay away from expeditions. They’ll make you poor and neurotic. Greg Child

I don’t want to write about climbing; I don’t want talk about it; I don’t want to photograph it; I don’t want to think about it; all I want to do is do it.” Chuck Pratt

If you’ve climbed the first 140 meters it doesn’t mean that you’ve succeeded; you are going to succeed by climbing the last 10 meters. Alain Robert

I’ve tried many sports, but climbing is the best. The beauty of this sport is that no matter how good you get, you can always find a way to challenge yourself. Randy Leavitt

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