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  • #1
    Mark Twain
    “I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
    Mark Twain

  • #2
    Mark Twain
    “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
    Mark Twain

  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
    Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

  • #4
    Anaïs Nin
    “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #5
    Jack Kerouac
    “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
    Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

  • #6
    Anton Chekhov
    “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    Anton Chekhov

  • #7
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr., If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

  • #8
    Stephen King
    “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #9
    Neil Gaiman
    “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #10
    Cornelia Funke
    “So what? All writers are lunatics!”
    Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

  • #11
    Ernest Hemingway
    “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #12
    Anaïs Nin
    “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #13
    Jack London
    “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    Jack London

  • #14
    Stephen King
    “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #15
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • #17
    Dr. Seuss
    “It has often been said
    there’s so much to be read,
    you never can cram
    all those words in your head.

    So the writer who breeds
    more words than he needs
    is making a chore
    for the reader who reads.

    That's why my belief is
    the briefer the brief is,
    the greater the sigh
    of the reader's relief is.

    And that's why your books
    have such power and strength.
    You publish with shorth!
    (Shorth is better than length.)”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #18
    Mark Twain
    “My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.”
    Mark Twain, Notebook

  • #19
    Voltaire
    “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”
    Voltaire

  • #20
    Stephen King
    “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
    Stephen King

  • #21
    Flannery O'Connor
    “Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
    Flannery O'Connor

  • #22
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • #23
    Stephen King
    “A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
    Stephen King

  • #24
    Willa Cather
    “Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”
    Willa Cather

  • #25
    Stephen King
    “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it 'got boring,' the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #26
    Charles Bukowski
    “great writers are indecent people
    they live unfairly
    saving the best part for paper.

    good human beings save the world
    so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
    become immortal.
    if you read this after I am dead
    it means I made it.”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #27
    Don Roff
    “Nothing's a better cure for writer's block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.”
    Don Roff

  • #28
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #29
    Leo Tolstoy
    “The best stories don't come from "good vs. bad" but "good vs. good.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #30
    Donald Miller
    “Writers don't make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don't work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck's book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man's stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more.”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #31
    Iris Murdoch
    “Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.”
    Iris Murdoch



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