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Jon Winokur

It is impossible to discourage the real writers—they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write. SINCLAIR LEWIS #writinglife
I write nearly every day. Some days I write for 10 or 11 hours. Other days I might only write for 3 hours. J.K. ROWLING #writerslife
Conversation is definitely not dialogue. SAM SHEPARD #amwriting #drama #fiction
One of the reasons that I write is because I'm more interested in looking, as opposed to looking away. TERRY McMILLAN #amwriting
I find that if you file a bad review it helps. Just put it in...a drawer and it loses some of its potency. JOHN UPDIKE #writerslife
I write because I want more than one life; I insist on a wider selection. It’s greed, plain and simple. ANNE TYLER #amwriting #writerslife
You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room. THEODORE GEISEL, "DR. SEUSS"
The only thing more tormenting than writing is not writing. CYNTHIA OZICK #amwriting #fiction
I don’t think it is worth explaining how a character’s nose or chin looks. JOSÉ SARAMAGO #amwriting #fiction
You never know what you will learn ’til you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed. ANITA BROOKNER #amwriting
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's #creativity. CHARLES MINGUS
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd. FLANNERY O’CONNOR #amwriting #fiction
Feydeau’s rule of #playwriting: Character A: My life is perfect as long as I don’t see Character B. Knock Knock. Enter Char. B. JOHN GUARE
We write out of revenge against reality, to dream and enter the lives of others. FRANCINE du PLESSIX GRAY #amwriting #writing
Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Don't put too much trust in them. MAXWELL PERKINS #editing #writing
Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s. ANAÏS NIN #amwriting #writerslife
Sometimes I write sober and revise drunk, sometimes I write drunk and revise sober. DYLAN THOMAS #amwriting #writerslife
Storytelling alters the storyteller. And a story is altered by being told. MOHSIN HAMID #amwriting #fiction
The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream. A story should break the reader’s heart. SUSAN SONTAG #writing #fiction
All stories say how and why life changes. They equip us to live. ROBERT McKEE #screenwriting #writing
Good writing has a musical quality to it, a mathematical quality, a balance and a rhythm. LAURA HILLENBRAND #amwriting #writing
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting. S KING
I see a yellow pad, and my knees get weak, and I salivate. MAYA ANGELOU #amwriting #writinglife
Thoughts fly and words go on foot. Therein lies all the drama of a writer. JULIEN GREEN #amwriting #writing #writingtips
Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its infinite power. JOAN DIDION #amwriting #writing
 
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