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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 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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A Quotation From Jim Raymond

“Writing is a way of arguing with ourselves, a way of keeping ourselves honest by discovering precisely what we believe and finding out whether we are justified in believing it.” –Jim Raymond, Writing (Is an Unnatural Act), (New York: Harper … Continue reading

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