RANDOM WRITING ADVICE I’VE READ


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“Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow

“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.” – William Faulkner

“. . . edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” – Arthur Plotnik

“I write the ending first. Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.” – Mickey Spillane

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” – Robert Frost

“If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.” – Irvin S. Cobb

“It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.”  – Gustave Flaubert

Feather by PeterM - A feather, with gradients, used for writing.

“A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov

“How can I know what I think till I see what I say?” – E.M. Forster

“Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.” – Garrison Keillor

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”  – Dr. Seuss

“First you’re an unknown, then you write one book and you move up to obscurity.” – Martin Myers

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams

“I avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”  – Stephen King

“It’s a delicious thing to write. To be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.” –  Gustave Flaubert

And finally:

“The proper study of mankind is books.” – Aldous Huxley

Write On!


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