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Writing Advice Quotes: "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait."

Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait.




Writing Advice Quotes: "To be a writer, you must write. To be a published writer you must finish what you write and then get what you've written in front of the outside world."

To be a writer, you must write. To be a published writer you must finish what you write and then get what you've written in front of the outside world.



Writing Advice Quotes: "The highest duty of the writer is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth the artist best serves his nation."

The highest duty of the writer is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth the artist best serves his nation.



Writing Advice Quotes: "You need the devotion to your work that a priest of God has for his."

You need the devotion to your work that a priest of God has for his.




Writing Advice Quotes: "Write without pay until somebody offers to pay."

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Prose is architecture, not interior decoration."

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols."

Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols.




Writing Advice Quotes: "There are two moments worthwhile in writing, the one when you start and the other when you throw it in the waste-paper basket."

There are two moments worthwhile in writing, the one when you start and the other when you throw it in the waste-paper basket.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine."

Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it."

Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it.



Writing Advice Quotes: "But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong."

But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong.



Writing Advice Quotes: "As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand."

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.




Writing Advice Quotes: "Sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one."

Sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Trying to write something of permanent value is a full-time job."

Trying to write something of permanent value is a full-time job.



Writing Advice Quotes: "I do a lot of rewriting. It’s very painful."

I do a lot of rewriting. It’s very painful.



Writing Advice Quotes: "But if you needed to HAVE AN IDEA, boredom could be to a roadblocked novel what chemotherapy was to a cancer patient."

But if you needed to HAVE AN IDEA, boredom could be to a roadblocked novel what chemotherapy was to a cancer patient.



Writing Advice Quotes: "You need to take out the stuff that’s just sitting there and doing nothing. No slackers allowed! All meat, no filler!"

You need to take out the stuff that’s just sitting there and doing nothing. No slackers allowed! All meat, no filler!



Writing Advice Quotes: "Up in that room I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about. I was trying to do this all the time I was writing, and it was good and severe discipline."

Up in that room I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about. I was trying to do this all the time I was writing, and it was good and severe discipline.



Writing Advice Quotes: "... when editors were flattered, they would sometimes give in on some of their mad ideas."

... when editors were flattered, they would sometimes give in on some of their mad ideas.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Saepa stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint scripturas. (Turn the stylus [to erase] often if you would write something worthy of being reread.)"

Saepa stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint scripturas. (Turn the stylus [to erase] often if you would write something worthy of being reread.)



Writing Advice Quotes: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Only God gets it right the first time and only a slob says, "Oh well, let it go, that's what copyeditors are for."

Only God gets it right the first time and only a slob says, "Oh well, let it go, that's what copyeditors are for.



Writing Advice Quotes: "What you don't write is often more important than what you do"

What you don't write is often more important than what you do



Writing Advice Quotes: "Maugham then offers the greatest advice anyone could give to a young author: "At the end of an interrogation sentence, place a question mark. You'd be surprised how effective it can be."

Maugham then offers the greatest advice anyone could give to a young author: "At the end of an interrogation sentence, place a question mark. You'd be surprised how effective it can be.



Writing Advice Quotes: "I know it's difficult in the beginning. But, listen. If you have the impulse to write, do yourself a favor, do the world a favor, and write."

I know it's difficult in the beginning. But, listen. If you have the impulse to write, do yourself a favor, do the world a favor, and write.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Trust your instincts. Do not confuse ego with instinct. Ego has to be set aside if you want to improve, and we should always want to improve. There is no glass ceiling on being better."

Trust your instincts. Do not confuse ego with instinct. Ego has to be set aside if you want to improve, and we should always want to improve. There is no glass ceiling on being better.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Just write. That's my only tip. And read. I guess that's two."

Just write. That's my only tip. And read. I guess that's two.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Fiction must convince our bodies for it to have any chance of convincing our minds."

Fiction must convince our bodies for it to have any chance of convincing our minds.



Writing Advice Quotes: "I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark—the perfect time for creativity."

I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark—the perfect time for creativity.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Daily life is always extraordinary when rendered precisely. We can unlock our lives with a pencil tip."

Daily life is always extraordinary when rendered precisely. We can unlock our lives with a pencil tip.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Plot joined the expedition unwooed, as a necessary companion. It was not the scout. The scout was a certain mood. I followed that mood, and let the shape of the story flow from that."

Plot joined the expedition unwooed, as a necessary companion. It was not the scout. The scout was a certain mood. I followed that mood, and let the shape of the story flow from that.



Writing Advice Quotes: "The only difference between writers and people who don't write is that writers aren't afraid to display their demons."

The only difference between writers and people who don't write is that writers aren't afraid to display their demons.



Writing Advice Quotes: "We don’t read to observe the character from a distance. We read to become the character and experience the conflicts and rewards they are experiencing."

We don’t read to observe the character from a distance. We read to become the character and experience the conflicts and rewards they are experiencing.



Writing Advice Quotes: "I personally believe that one learns to write by writing."

I personally believe that one learns to write by writing.



Writing Advice Quotes: "My job as a writer is simple. Write a book I’m proud of, and present it as a gift to the world. Some will love it.Some will hate it.That’s the nature of art."

My job as a writer is simple. Write a book I’m proud of, and present it as a gift to the world. Some will love it.Some will hate it.That’s the nature of art.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library."

Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.



Writing Advice Quotes: "I don’t get writer's block because I don’t believe in it. I believe you sit in front of the computer and force your fingers to get something on the screen."

I don’t get writer's block because I don’t believe in it. I believe you sit in front of the computer and force your fingers to get something on the screen.



Writing Advice Quotes: "The sooner you finish procrastinating, the sooner you can get back to your art."

The sooner you finish procrastinating, the sooner you can get back to your art.



Writing Advice Quotes: "I write to shed my sacred sorrows."

I write to shed my sacred sorrows.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Let at least one word of my writings impregnate the reader's heart."

Let at least one word of my writings impregnate the reader's heart.



Writing Advice Quotes: "She thought a writer should work harder writing a book than she did reading it."

She thought a writer should work harder writing a book than she did reading it.



Writing Advice Quotes: "While the goal of a book is to create a positive emotional experience for the reader, the goal of the opening is to set the stage, to pull the reader in."

While the goal of a book is to create a positive emotional experience for the reader, the goal of the opening is to set the stage, to pull the reader in.



Writing Advice Quotes: "If you can master the opening, you will be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition."

If you can master the opening, you will be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Always remember that your memoir is never about you. It's about your reader. At it's core, it's about that shared space where we all experience the timeless truths of what it means to be human."

Always remember that your memoir is never about you. It's about your reader. At it's core, it's about that shared space where we all experience the timeless truths of what it means to be human.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Biographies are best when written chronologically. Boring people don't make for good biographies."

Biographies are best when written chronologically. Boring people don't make for good biographies.



Writing Advice Quotes: "What are minnows but brief flashes? And what are thoughts? And how do you capture a brief flash, even for a second?"

What are minnows but brief flashes? And what are thoughts? And how do you capture a brief flash, even for a second?



Writing Advice Quotes: "A writer gets to live yet another life every time she creates a new story."

A writer gets to live yet another life every time she creates a new story.



Writing Advice Quotes: "The key to high concept is that fresh twist. Make it a big one. Wow your reader. Force her to gasp when she comes to that part in your story."

The key to high concept is that fresh twist. Make it a big one. Wow your reader. Force her to gasp when she comes to that part in your story.



Writing Advice Quotes: "Writing a story is like going on a date—you will spoil it if you aren't living in the moment."

Writing a story is like going on a date—you will spoil it if you aren't living in the moment.