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Jon Winokur
Each story tells me how to write it, but not the one afterwards. EUDORA WELTY #fiction #writing
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good. WILLIAM FAULKNER
The pen is mightier than the sword and considerably easier to write with. MARTY FELDMAN
Listen to the criticisms and preferences of your trusted "first readers.” ROSE TREMAIN
The effable is preferable to the ineffable. PRIMO LEVI #amwriting #writing
I can’t write five words but that I change seven. DOROTHY PARKER #amwriting #writing
Caress your phrase tenderly: it will end by smiling at you. ANATOLE FRANCE
A writer’s duty is to register what it is like for him or her to be in the world. ZADIE SMITH #amwriting #writing
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ANNE FRANK #amwriting #writing
One lives by memory . . . and not by truth. IGOR STRAVINSKY
There’s no point in writing about somebody unless they’re flawed. AARON SORKIN #amwriting #writing
The secret of good writing is telling the truth. GORDON LISH #amwriting #writing
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. T.S. ELIOT #amwriting #editing #writing
Don't be boring. Don't assume every thought you have is fascinating to others. DAVE BARRY #amwriting #writing
All books are either dreams or swords. You can cut, or you can drug, with words. AMY LOWELL #amwriting #writing
Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible. DON ROFF #amwriting #writing
You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are. ANNA QUINDLEN #amwriting #writing
I say the sentences again and again in my head until they sound right. MARTIN AMIS
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. HERMAN MELVILLE #literature #writing
"Never use a long word where a short one will do…” George Orwell's 6 Rules for Writers:
In what we think of as bad dialogue, the characters talk directly to each other. DIANE JOHNSON #amwriting #writing
No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. J.K. ROWLING