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  • #1
    Elmore Leonard
    “Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

    1. Never open a book with weather.
    2. Avoid prologues.
    3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
    4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
    5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
    6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
    7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
    8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
    9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
    10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

    My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

    If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
    Elmore Leonard

  • #2
    Elmore Leonard
    “Psychopaths... people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don't give a shit. That's what most of my characters are like.”
    Elmore Leonard

  • #3
    Walter M. Miller Jr.
    “You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.”
    Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • #4
    We read to know we're not alone.
    “We read to know we're not alone.”
    William Nicholson, Shadowlands

  • #5
    C.S. Lewis
    “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #6
    Neil Gaiman
    “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.”
    Neil Gaiman, Dream Country

  • #7
    T.D. Jakes
    “No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn't in submission to God!”
    T D Jakes

  • #8
    T.D. Jakes
    “a setback is a setup for a comeback”
    T.D. Jakes

  • #9
    T.D. Jakes
    “Its not over, until the Lord says its over.”
    T.D. JAKES

  • #10
    C.S. Lewis
    “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #11
    Walter Mosley
    “The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink.”
    Walter Mosley

  • #12
    Walter Mosley
    “If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day... You don't go to a well once but daily. You don't skip a child's breakfast or forget to wake up in the morning...”
    Walter Mosley

  • #13
    Walter Mosley
    “The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday. There are two reasons for this rule: Getting the work done and connecting with your unconscious mind.”
    Walter Mosley

  • #14
    Ann Patchett
    “Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
    Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

  • #15
    Joan Didion
    “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
    Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

  • #16
    Bill Hicks
    “Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #17
    Bill Hicks
    “They lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Lie! When you're high, you can do everything you normally do just as well — you just realize that it's not worth the fucking effort. There is a difference.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #18
    Bill Hicks
    “Here is my final point...About drugs, about alcohol, about pornography...What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, or take into my body as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet? And for those who are having a little moral dilemma in your head about how to answer that question, I'll answer it for you. NONE of your fucking business. Take that to the bank, cash it, and go fucking on a vacation out of my life.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #19
    Bill Hicks
    “I was in Nashville, Tennessee last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me: 'Hey, whatcha readin' for?' Isn't that the weirdest fuckin' question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, goddamnit, ya stumped me! Why do I read? Well . . . hmmm...I dunno...I guess I read for a lot of reasons and the main one is so I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #20
    Bill Hicks
    “The worst kind of non-smokers are the ones that come up to you and cough. That's pretty fucking cruel isn't it? Do you go up to cripples and dance too?”
    Bill Hicks

  • #21
    Bill Hicks
    “We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #22
    Bill Hicks
    “It's always funny until someone gets hurt.

    Then it's just hilarious.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #23
    Bill Hicks
    “I'm tired of this back-slappin' "isn't humanity neat" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #24
    Bill Hicks
    “I'm glad mushrooms are against the law, because I took them one time, and you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours going, "My God! I love everything." Yeah, now if that isn't a hazard to our country … how are we gonna justify arms dealing when we realize that we're all one?”
    Bill Hicks

  • #25
    Bill Hicks
    “The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we kill those people.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #26
    Bill Hicks
    “Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #27
    Bill Hicks
    “Folks, it's time to evolve. That's why we're troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything's failing? It's because, um – they're no longer relevant. We're supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?”
    Bill Hicks

  • #28
    Bill Hicks
    “Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!”
    Bill Hicks

  • #29
    Bill Hicks
    “People often ask me where I stand politically. It's not that I disagree with Bush's economic policy or his foreign policy, it's that I believe he was a child of Satan sent here to destroy the planet Earth. Little to the left.”
    Bill Hicks

  • #30
    Bill Hicks
    “The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. That's the message we're brought up with, isn't it? Believe or die! Thank you, forgiving Lord, for all those options.”
    Bill Hicks



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