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Jon Winokur

I don’t sit down to write a funny story. Every single thing I sit down to write is meant to be sad. LORRIE MOORE #amwriting #fiction
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. JEAN-LUC GODARD #screenwriting #writing
Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself. MILES DAVIS #music #literature
I’m very selfish: I just write for me. So the humor in the books is really what I find funny. J.K. ROWLING #amwriting #writinglife
Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. GEORGE ORWELL #amwriting #writingadvice
I am half agony, half hope. JANE AUSTEN #amwriting #fiction
“Be expected” is an important rule too. It’s a letdown if the comedian doesn’t finally actually really sit on his hat. KINGSLEY AMIS
“Show yourself weighing what’s true, your fantasies, values, schemes, and failures…” Mary Karr's Memoir Checklist:…
Prose is like hair; it shines with combing. GUSTAVE FLAUBERT #amwriting #writing #writingtips
I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it. TONI MORRISON #amwriting #fiction
Any decent writer writes because there’s some deep internal need to keep learning. STEPHEN JAY GOULD #amwriting #writerslife
I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing. CYNTHIA OZICK #reading #writing
The fear of plagiarism is inversely proportional to the quality of the screenplay. TONY BILL #screenwriting #writing
I keep going over a sentence. I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it. JANET FLANNER #amwriting #writing
I just know from experience that my instincts are better than my cerebration. GEORGE SAUNDERS #amwriting
What I write is smarter than I am, because I can re-write it. SUSAN SONTAG #amwriting #writerslife
The easiest thing to do on earth is not write. WILLIAM GOLDMAN #screenwriting #writing
It’s such a confidence trick, writing a #novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself. ANNA DEAVERE SMITH #fiction
I've always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things. WALTER MOSLEY
Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche. JULIA CAMERON #amwriting #writing #writinglife
The public is a thick-skinned beast and you have to keep whacking away at its hide to let it know you're there. WALT WHITMAN #writinglife
I have been told that the dying words of one famous 20th century writer were, “I should have used fewer semicolons.” LYNNE TRUSS #amwriting
That DELETE key is on your machine for a good reason. STEPHEN KING #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
I carry a notebook with me everywhere. But that's only the first step. RITA DOVE #amwriting #poetry
I work on the assumption, or let it be the fear, that the reader will stop reading if I stop being interesting. CLIVE JAMES
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