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Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
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Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
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Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)
A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.
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Junot Diaz, O Magazine, November 2009
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
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Katherine Paterson, The Spying Heart, 1989
Reading stories is bad enough but writing them is worse.
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L. M. Montgomery (1874 - 1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
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Leo Rosten (1908 - )
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
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Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
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Lord Acton
I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.
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Lord Brabazon (1884 - 1964)
First you're an unknown, then you write one book and you move up to obscurity.
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Martin Myers
When you write things down, they sometimes take you places you hadn't planned.
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Melanie Benjamin, Alice I Have Been, 2010
There's always something to write about. If there's not then you need to live life more aggressively.
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Min Kim, Better Blogging Brainstorming, SXSW 2006
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
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Peter De Vries
In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.
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Pliny the Elder (23 AD - 79 AD), Natural History
There is nothing to write about, you say. Well then, write and let me know just this - that there is nothing to write about; or tell me in the good old style if you are well. That's right. I am quite well.
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Pliny the Younger (62 AD - 114 AD), Letters
Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing.
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Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 07-03-05
I have never thought of writing as hard work, but I have worked hard to find a voice.
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Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Commencement Speech, 2008
The most difficult part of writing a book is not devising a plot which will captivate the reader. It's not developing characters the reader will have strong feelings for or against. It is not finding a setting which will take the reader to a place he or she as never been. It is not the research, whether in fiction or non-fiction. The most difficult task facing a writer is to find the voice in which to tell the story.
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Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Commencement Speech, 2008
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
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Ray Bradbury (1920 - ), advice to writers
At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
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Raymond Chandler (1888 - 1959)
Good writing takes more than just time; it wants your best moments and the best of you.
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Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com weblog, 10-09-04
I think people want their illusions and writers are mostly illusion. When you read their words, you read a flattened, incomplete version of the writer.
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Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 05, 2004
I write because I'm afraid to say some things out loud.
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Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 03-13-05
If you want to write you must have faith in yourself. Faith enough to believe that if a thing is true about you, it is likely true about many people. And if you can have faith in your integrity and your motives, then you can write about yourself without fear.
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Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 07-25-06
See things as they are and write about them. Donít waste your creative energy trying to make things up. Even if you are writing fiction, write the things you see and know.
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Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 07-25-06
This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what youíre doing, or it comes out flat. You canít fake your way through this.
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Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 29, 2004
The key to non-anxious sermon-writing is that itís not about me. Itís about the congregation. I honor the fact that the listeners bring more to the sermon than I do. I remind myself of the hundreds of times someone says, 'I loved how you saidÖ' and then tell me things that they heard that were nowhere in my text and that I never said. But they heard what they needed to hear.
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Reverend Sean Parker Dennison, Ministrare, 04-07-2006
Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. Itís the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.
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Rhys Alexander, Writing Gooder, 12-09-05
A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
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Ring Lardner (1885 - 1933), "How to Write Short Stories"
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