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Writing Craft Quotes: "I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day."

I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.




Writing Craft Quotes: "When you write, you want to get rid of the world, do you not? Of course you do. When you're writing, you're creating your own worlds."

When you write, you want to get rid of the world, do you not? Of course you do. When you're writing, you're creating your own worlds.



Writing Craft Quotes: "A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar."

A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.



Writing Craft Quotes: "The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting."

The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.




Writing Craft Quotes: "There is no bombast, no similes, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Everything tends directly to the catastrophe."

There is no bombast, no similes, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Everything tends directly to the catastrophe.



Writing Craft Quotes: "When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life."

When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life.



Writing Craft Quotes: "T[he rules of writing] require that the episodes in a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help to develop it."

T[he rules of writing] require that the episodes in a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help to develop it.




Writing Craft Quotes: "T[he rules of writing] require that the personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others."

T[he rules of writing] require that the personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.



Writing Craft Quotes: "What you need to remember is that there’s a difference between lecturing about what you know and using it to enrich the story. The latter is good. The former is not."

What you need to remember is that there’s a difference between lecturing about what you know and using it to enrich the story. The latter is good. The former is not.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Never place your punch at the beginning of a column nor at the end. Sneak it in where it's least expected. Fill a whole column with drivel, just to get in that one important line."

Never place your punch at the beginning of a column nor at the end. Sneak it in where it's least expected. Fill a whole column with drivel, just to get in that one important line.



Writing Craft Quotes: "However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once."

However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.



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

I personally believe that one learns to write by writing.



Writing Craft Quotes: "The moment I realize I just stayed up until five in the morning writing is that moment I know I am meant to be a writer."

The moment I realize I just stayed up until five in the morning writing is that moment I know I am meant to be a writer.



Writing Craft 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 Craft 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.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Most days, writing simply requires work-ethic, discipline, clarity, focus, time. Other days...it will demand absolutely everything of you."

Most days, writing simply requires work-ethic, discipline, clarity, focus, time. Other days...it will demand absolutely everything of you.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Tell a story in lesser and simpler words."

Tell a story in lesser and simpler words.



Writing Craft Quotes: "I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper."

I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Don’t break the rules when you haven’t fully figured them out yet."

Don’t break the rules when you haven’t fully figured them out yet.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Dreams are good at playing with your memory. They love leaving no trace behind and hate to show up once again in the morning."

Dreams are good at playing with your memory. They love leaving no trace behind and hate to show up once again in the morning.



Writing Craft Quotes: "The good writing ideas don’t have to be about political turmoil, mass killings, capitalism, racism, injustice, etc. Find that one idea that has deep roots in your heart."

The good writing ideas don’t have to be about political turmoil, mass killings, capitalism, racism, injustice, etc. Find that one idea that has deep roots in your heart.



Writing Craft Quotes: "When a solid first draft of an original tale is complete...you feel as if you could do anything."

When a solid first draft of an original tale is complete...you feel as if you could do anything.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Create a world in front of your readers where they can taste, smell, touch, hear, see, and move. Else they are likely going to move on to another book."

Create a world in front of your readers where they can taste, smell, touch, hear, see, and move. Else they are likely going to move on to another book.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Today is the day that you create worlds, you change lives, you make a something, a someone, out of nothing.Today is the day you become a writer."

Today is the day that you create worlds, you change lives, you make a something, a someone, out of nothing.Today is the day you become a writer.



Writing Craft Quotes: "A writer can do without food for a few hours, but not without the sight of books."

A writer can do without food for a few hours, but not without the sight of books.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Turn those deep feelings and obsessions of your heart into captivating pieces of literature."

Turn those deep feelings and obsessions of your heart into captivating pieces of literature.



Writing Craft Quotes: "As a writer: Aim toward becoming keen through a looking glass limn perspective on evoking pleasure of the senses with STRONG VERBS."

As a writer: Aim toward becoming keen through a looking glass limn perspective on evoking pleasure of the senses with STRONG VERBS.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Ideas either age like fine wine or rot like potatoes over time."

Ideas either age like fine wine or rot like potatoes over time.



Writing Craft Quotes: "On Writing: "A multitude of improbabilities can be forgiven as long as enough plausibility has been established."

On Writing: "A multitude of improbabilities can be forgiven as long as enough plausibility has been established.



Writing Craft Quotes: "If you are a singer, you must sing. If you are a dancer, you must dance. If you are a writer, you must write. Don’t suffocate your heart."

If you are a singer, you must sing. If you are a dancer, you must dance. If you are a writer, you must write. Don’t suffocate your heart.



Writing Craft Quotes: "As you become a better writer, the writing becomes more difficult. You toil harder to tell a story in a lesser number of words."

As you become a better writer, the writing becomes more difficult. You toil harder to tell a story in a lesser number of words.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Don’t interrupt when your characters take a flight of their own."

Don’t interrupt when your characters take a flight of their own.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Cliches are the viruses that infect your writing with diseases."

Cliches are the viruses that infect your writing with diseases.



Writing Craft Quotes: "If you think there is no time to write now, there would never be."

If you think there is no time to write now, there would never be.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Good writing just isn't that common."

Good writing just isn't that common.



Writing Craft Quotes: "We're not mad. We're inhabited"

We're not mad. We're inhabited



Writing Craft Quotes: "In fact, one could argue that the skill of the fiction writer boils down to the ability to exploit intensity."

In fact, one could argue that the skill of the fiction writer boils down to the ability to exploit intensity.



Writing Craft Quotes: "If certain aspect needs to be inconsistent, it must better be consistently inconsistent throughout the story."

If certain aspect needs to be inconsistent, it must better be consistently inconsistent throughout the story.



Writing Craft Quotes: "If you do not want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead...be read, or try coming back and pull the feet of those who are still alive instead!"

If you do not want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead...be read, or try coming back and pull the feet of those who are still alive instead!



Writing Craft Quotes: "Don't be afraid of what you're creating."

Don't be afraid of what you're creating.



Writing Craft Quotes: "But if you don't understand that story is character and not just idea, you will not be able to breathe life into even the most intriguing flash of inspiration."

But if you don't understand that story is character and not just idea, you will not be able to breathe life into even the most intriguing flash of inspiration.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Let life be the foundation. Be brave. Wander deep inside yourself to the little room no one knows about. Fling the door wide open and write."

Let life be the foundation. Be brave. Wander deep inside yourself to the little room no one knows about. Fling the door wide open and write.



Writing Craft Quotes: "You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more.")"

You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more.")



Writing Craft Quotes: "Storytellers don't show, they tell. I'm sticking with that."

Storytellers don't show, they tell. I'm sticking with that.



Writing Craft Quotes: "The only 'ironclad rules' in writing fiction are the laws of physics and the principles of grammar, and even those can be bent."

The only 'ironclad rules' in writing fiction are the laws of physics and the principles of grammar, and even those can be bent.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Writing is a craft, being an author is work, and having readers and a following is a gift."

Writing is a craft, being an author is work, and having readers and a following is a gift.



Writing Craft Quotes: "Be a good reader first, if you wish to become a good writer."

Be a good reader first, if you wish to become a good writer.