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Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible. A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.
Orson Scott Card
So this is always the key: you have to write the book you love, the book that's alive in your heart.  That's the one you have to write.Lurleen McDaniel
Some authors should be paid by the quantity NOT writtenAnon.
Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' --
which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
Maya Angelou
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)
Some people are heroes. And some people jot down notes.Terry Pratchett
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.Blaise Pascal
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. Mark Twain
Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.P.G. Wodehouse
Success is spelled W - O - R - K.Robert Schuller
Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.


to his daughter Martha
Thomas Jefferson
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.Stephen King
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.Jessamyn West
The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.Ralph Ellison
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely awareHenry Miller
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
Mary Heaton Vorse
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.Robert Cormier
The best time for planning a book is when you're doing the dishes.Agatha Christie
The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. Ernest Hemingway
The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.Gene Fowler
The characters can own villas and yachts, and armies can be deployed at no cost. A novelist is limited only by his or her imagination. Writing a novel is a heady experience, for a novelist creates worlds and plays God.Sidney Sheldon
The cure for writers cramp is writer´s block.Inigo de Leon
The difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to be believable.Mark Twain
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.Tom Clancy
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
Mark Twain
The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.William Goldman
The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.Raymond Chandler
The first draft of anything is shit.
Ernest Hemingway
The first thing an unpublished author should remember is that no one asked him to write in the first place. With this firmly in mind, he has no right to become discouraged just because other people are being published.John Farrar
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps. Robert Charles Benchley
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write;  a man will turn over half a library to make one book.Samuel Johnson
The greatest part of a writer´s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.Samuel Johnson
The high note is not the only thing.Placido Domingo
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.Maya Angelou
The last thing one settles in writing a book  is what one should put in first.Pascal
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.Stephen Covey
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.Mark Twain
The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.Gabriel Fielding
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
Ernest Hemingway
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings -- words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.Stephen King
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.Thomas Jefferson
The natural state of all writing is mediocrity.Ira Glass
The old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed -- love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.William Faulkner
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.Leo Rosten (1908 - 1997)
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw
The only way to learn to write is to write.
Peggy Teeters
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. Vladimir Nabakov
The pen is mightier than the swordBulwer-Lytton
The person who FINDS the time [to write] is the one who is going to become a writer. The person who doesn’t, won’t. Meg Cabot
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