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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
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson
Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.Samuel Johnson
What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax.Samuel Goldwyn
You cannot write in the chimney with charcoal.Russian proverb
"The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." Russell Baker
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankindRudyard Kipling
I keep six honest serving men. (They taught me all I know);
Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who
Rudyard Kipling
Writing is not a genteel profession. It's quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty.Rosemary Mahoney
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
By writing much, one learns to write well.Robert Southey
Success is spelled W - O - R - K.Robert Schuller
Genre conventions are the rhyme scheme of a storyteller's 'poem'. They do not inhibit creativity, they inspire it. The challenge is to keep convention but avoid cliché.
Robert McKee
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.Robert Heinlein
There´s no money in poetry, but there´s no poetry in money, either.Robert Graves
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.Robert Frost
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throatRobert Frost
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.  No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.Robert Frost
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
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
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps. Robert Charles Benchley
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.Robert Cecil Day-Lewis
No one ever committed suicide while reading a book, but many have tried while trying to write one.Robert Byrne
Less is more.Robert Browning
The plot is the line on which I hang the wash, and the wash is what I care about.Robert B. Parker
Writers will happen in the best of familiesRita Mae Brown
"If you don't like my book, write your own.
If you don't think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something.
If you think you can, do. No excuses.
If you still don't like my novels, find a book you do like.
Life is too short to be miserable.
If you like my novels, I commend your good taste."
Rita Mae Brown
Don't hope more than you're willing to work.Rita Mae Brown
A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. Rita Mae Brown
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.Ring Lardner
We don't write what we know.  We write what we wonder about.Richard Peck
At first they'll reject everything, particularly in your case. What you do is keep sending the same poems to the same people--after a decent interval, of course. After about the fourth or fifth time, they will actually have read them, and they will hear a little bell ring that they'll call the shock of recognition, and they'll take one.
Richard Palmer Blackmuir
Writing is rewriting.  A writer must learn to deepen characters, trim writing, intensify scenes.  To fall in love with the first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the prospects of never publishing.Richard North Patterson
Being creative is head-pounding, nail-biting, hard work no matter what your profession. So bottom line—ya gotta find the humor in it or you'll die like a rat on the road. Richard Krzemien
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
The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.Richard Harding Davis
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.Richard Bach
At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.Raymond Chandler (1888 - 1959)
When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.Raymond Chandler
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
I think a little menace is fine to have in a story. For one thing, it's good for the circulation.Raymond Carver
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.Ray Bradbury (1920 - ),
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
Ray Bradbury
You will have to write and put away or burn a lot of material before you are comfortable in this medium.  You might as well start now and get the work done.  For I believe that eventually quantity will make for quality.Ray Bradbury
Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.Ray Bradbury
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.Ray Bradbury
The reality is more excellent than the report.Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is properly no history; only biography.Ralph Waldo Emerson
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within usRalph Waldo Emerson
The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.Ralph Ellison
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