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If I didn't know the ending of a story, I wouldn't begin. I always write my last line, my last paragraph, my last page first.Katherine Anne Porter
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.Lord Byron
If I had more time, I would write a shorter story.Mark Twain
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.Lillian Hellman
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.Margaret Atwood
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.Margaret Atwood
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.Elmore Leonard
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldnt brood. Id type a little faster.Isaac Asimov
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.

Irvin S. Cobb
If you can tell stories,create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.W. Somerset Maugham
If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
Kingsley Amis
If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.Quentin Crisp
If you stay true to your characters, the story will take care of itself.Eve Byron
If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.Wilson Mizner
If you tell me, it's an essay. If you show me, it's a story.Barbara Greene
If you wait for inspiration to write you're not a writer, you're a waiter.
Dan Poynter
If you wish to be a writer, writeEpictetus
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.Benjamin Franklin
If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.Mickey Spillane
If you're going through hell - keep going!Winston Churchill
If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best you can do that kills you.Dorothy Parker
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to popular belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.William Somerset Maugham
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.Albert Einstein
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.Jules de Gaultier
In composing, as a general rule, run a pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.Sydney Smith
In conversation you can use timing, a look, an inflection. But on the page all you have is commas, dashes, the amount of syllables in a word. When I write, I read everything out loud to get the right rhythm.Fran Lebowitz
In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to themW. H. Auden
In the end, you have to just sit down, shut up, and write.Natalie Goldberg
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get up and go to work.Chuck Close
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.Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.Winston Churchill
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.Ursula K. LeGuin
It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn't advance the story.Frank Yerby
It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."Vita Sackville-West
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.Isabel Colegate
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms; the great devotions; and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.Theodore Roosevelt
It is perfectly okay to write garbage as long as you edit brilliantly.C. J. Cherryh
It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.Virginia Woolf
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.Jean De La Bruyere
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.Robert Charles Benchley
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
It's in my skull and it has to come outAllegra Sloman
It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.E. L. Doctorow
It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.Ernest Hemingway
It's tougher than Himalayan yak jerky on january. But, as any creative person will tell you, there are days when there's absolutely nothing sweeter than creating something from nothing.Richard Krzemien
Language is a cracked kettle on which we bang out tunes to make the bears dance, when what we long for is to move the stars to pity. Gustave Flaubert
Less is more.Robert Browning
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.John Lennon
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.Edmund Morrison
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himselfRobertson Davies
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