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Never be so brief as to become obscure.Tryon Edwards
The relationship of editor to author is knife to throat.Unknown
An author must learn the principles of good storytelling only in order to write better from the heart.Uri Shulevitz
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.Ursula K. LeGuin
Nothing is so distracting, during the heat of creation, as the carping, niggling, nitpicking voice of critical judgment. If, when a writer is furiously composing, a voice interrupts out of nowhere and says: "Stop. What you just wrote stinks," the natural response is to stop and re-read. The critical faculty announces: "You wrote, 'on the table in the back room.' Don't put two prepositions in a row like that. Don't you know any better?" The writer acquiesces. "Oh dear, let me see. He put the cards on the back room table. No. Going into the back room, he put the cards." By now the train of thought has vanished and heaven is truly lost.Victoria Nelson
Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.Virginia Woolf
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
When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.Virginia Woolf
We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
Virginia Woolf
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
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
I have rewritten- often several times- every word I have ever written.  My pencils outlast their erasures. Vladimir Nabokov
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
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
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. W. Somerset Maugham
A good title should be like a good metaphor.  It should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.
Walker Percy
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.Walter Bagehot
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
Walter Bagehot
There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open up a vein.Walter Smith
I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.Washington Irving
You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery. Explore yourself! There is power in you - the power to change yourself and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.Wilferd Peterson
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.Willa Cather
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.William Blake
Writer's block often results from overwriting; the general has gotten too far ahead of his army and finds his supply lines cut.William Burroughs
I never know what I think about something until I read what I´ve written on it.William Faulkner
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.William Faulkner
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
Read, read, read.  Read everything- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.  Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.  Read!  You'll absorb it.  Then write. William Faulkner
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.William Faulkner
He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to a dictionary.

On Ernest Hemingway.

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?

On Faulkner.
William Faulkner & Ernest Hemingway
The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he´s written it.William Golding
The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.William Goldman
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.William Makepeace Thackeray
When "whom" is correct, recast the sentence.William Safire
Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.William Somerset Maugham
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to popular belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.William Somerset Maugham
Vigorous writing is concise.William Strunk
I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell.William Styron
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart...William Wordsworth
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth
There's not much to be said about the period except that most writers don't reach it soon enough.William Zinsser
Don't say you were a bit confused and sort of tired and a little depressed and somewhat annoyed. Be tired. Be confused. Be depressed. Be annoyed. Don't hedge your prose with little timidities. Good writing is lean and confident.William Zinsser
Writing is thinking on paper.William Zinsser
If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.Wilson Mizner
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.Winston Churchill
If you're going through hell - keep going!Winston Churchill
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.Winston Churchill
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