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A Quotation From Robert Louis Stevenson

“The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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A Quotation From Jack London

“You can’t wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London

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A Quotation From Joseph Heller

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller

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A Quotation From F. L. Lucas

“And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking trouble; and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.” — F. L. Lucas, Style (London: Cassell, 1955), p. 76.

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A Quotation From John Stoltenberg

“I felt an urgency to write words that I could stand behind with conviction, words that I could trust to say out in public because I had thrashed them out in private until they were as true as I could … Continue reading

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A Quotation From Leonard Bernstein

“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 

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A Quotation From Stephen King

“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair — the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart.  You can come to the act with your … Continue reading

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A Quotation From Elmore Leonard

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” — Elmore Leonard, in Newsweek, 22 April 1985.

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A Quotation From William Zinsser

“You learn to write by writing. It’s a truism, but what makes it a truism is that it’s true. The only way to learn to write is to force yourself to produce a certain number of words on a regular … Continue reading

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A Quotation From Anne Lamott

“For me and most of the writers I know, writing is not rapturous.  In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really, shitty first drafts.” — Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird: Some … Continue reading

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