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“The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London
“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller
“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.
“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
“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
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” — Elmore Leonard, in Newsweek, 22 April 1985.
“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
“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