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This is the sixth book I've written, which isn't bad for a guy who's only read two.
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George Burns (1896 - 1996)
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
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George Orwell (1903 - 1950), "Politics and the English Language", 1946
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
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George Orwell (1903 - 1950), "Politics and the English Language", 1946
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
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H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)
Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing.
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Heather Armstrong, Keynote Speech, SXSW 2006
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
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Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.
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Henry James (1843 - 1916), from his essay about the rules of writing
I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
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Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)
The cure for writer's cramp is writer's block.
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Inigo DeLeon
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
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Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
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Isabel Colegate
Writing well mean never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.'
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Jef Mallett, Frazz, 07-29-07
The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.
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Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine, 07-10-2006
Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.
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Jesse Stuart
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
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Joan Didion (1934 - )
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.
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John Burroughs (1837 - 1921), The Snow-Walkers
Stories don’t just make us matter to each other—maybe they’re also the only way to the infinite mattering he’d been after for so long.
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John Green, An Abundance of Katherines, 2008
There is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.
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John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories.
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John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything.
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John Irving (1942 - )
You can't think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.
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John Rogers, Kung Fu Monkey, 06-25-11
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
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John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
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Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end, I'll go to a French movie. A movie has to be complete within itself; it can't just build off the first one or play variations.
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Joss Whedon, Entertainment Weekly, 08-30-13
I'm the least confident person in so many ways. But I believed that if somebody gave me the chance to tell a story, I would tell a story [well enough] that the person who gave me the chance would get their money back.
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Joss Whedon, Entertainment Weekly, 08-30-13
If I wrote what I really think, I would be so sad all the time. We create to fill a gap - not just to avoid the idea of dying, it's to fill some particular gap in ourselves.
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Joss Whedon, Entertainment Weekly, 08-30-13
It's very important that we start creating new content again. We can only build on nostalgia so much before we have nothing left to build on.
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Joss Whedon, Entertainment Weekly, 08-30-13
You go to movies to see people you love suffer - that's why you go to the movies. You don't go to see a movie about a guy who already knows he has a wonderful life.
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Joss Whedon, Entertainment Weekly, 08-30-13
No letter from a lover is ever more welcome, brings more joy, than a publisher's expression of interest does to a new author!
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Judith Brocklehurst, Darcy And Anne
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