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Jon Winokur

Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there. THOMAS BERGER #amwriting #writing
I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead. J.K. ROWLING #amwriting #writerslife
Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre. CARLOS FUENTES #amwriting #writerslife
Sometimes you’ll just push through, indicate a scene or a character, leave a space, then go back later and fill it in. JOAN DIDION #fiction
The secret: Do good work and share it with people. AUSTIN KLEON #amwriting #writing #writingtips
The only way to write about sex is not to write much. Let the reader bring his own sexuality into the text. TONI MORRISON #amwriting
Our primary function is to create an emotion and our second job is to sustain that emotion. ALFRED HITCHCOCK #screenwriting #writing
If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story. TERRY PRATCHETT #amwriting #fiction
A novelist should be wary of being a teacher in a didactic sense, but should be conscious of himself as a moralist. IRIS MURDOCH #fiction
You can’t please everybody. You should worry if you are pleasing everybody. JONATHAN FRANZEN #amwriting #fiction
Make the familiar exotic; the exotic familiar. BHARATI MUKHERJEE #amwriting #fiction
The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then—that’s it. Don’t hang around. BILLY WILDER
Characters can’t be perfect. CHARLAINE HARRIS #amwriting #fiction
One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be. JOHN BERRYMAN #amwriting #poetry
The fewer writers you know the better, and if you’re working on anything, don’t tell them. MAEVE BRENNAN #amwriting #writerslife
Where do they get that stuff about me being a satirist? I just listen. RING LARDNER #amwriting #writing
Tell the truth and not the facts. MAYA ANGELOU #amwriting #fiction
It’s a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot. VLADIMIR NABOKOV #publicity #amwriting #fiction
Trust your creativity. JEANETTE WINTERSON #amwriting #writing #writingtips
#Nonfiction has its ruffles and flourishes, clauses and semicolons. I never use a semicolon in #fiction. JOHN GREGORY DUNNE
Speech—in literature as in life—can crucially suggest what is not said. SHIRLEY HAZZARD #amwriting #dialogue
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines...or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune. NOAM CHOMSKY
A good story is a good story. If what I'm writing reaches you, then it reaches you no matter what title is stuck on it. OCTAVIA BUTLER
Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke. JOSS WHEDON #screenwriting #writing
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