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I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

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I belong to this notebook and this pencil.


         

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.


         


Sometimes stories cry out to be told in such loud voices that you write them just to shut them up.

Sometimes stories cry out to be told in such loud voices that you write them just to shut them up.


         

Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when if feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.

Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when if feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.


         


If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.


         

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.


         

...Fritz Leiber, the great fantasist and science fiction writer...called books 'the scholar's mistress'...the one who made no demands and always took him in...

...Fritz Leiber, the great fantasist and science fiction writer...called books 'the scholar's mistress'...the one who made no demands and always took him in...


         

I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.

I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.


         

Use what you stand for and what you oppose as a foundation to write great content that resonates with readers and creates a ripple effect.

Use what you stand for and what you oppose as a foundation to write great content that resonates with readers and creates a ripple effect.


         

When asked, How do you write? I invariably answer, One word at a time.

When asked, How do you write? I invariably answer, One word at a time.


         

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.


         


I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.

I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.


         

It's the writing that teaches you.

It's the writing that teaches you.


         

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.


         

When you write a story you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite your main job is taking out all the things that are NOT the story.

When you write a story you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite your main job is taking out all the things that are NOT the story.


         

Never durst a poet touch a pen to writeUntil his ink was tempered with love's sighs.

Never durst a poet touch a pen to writeUntil his ink was tempered with love's sighs.


         

A poem is never a put-up job, so to speak. It begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.

A poem is never a put-up job, so to speak. It begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.


         

It is the tale, not he who tells it.

It is the tale, not he who tells it.


         

Inspiration for what we produce comes from reading, observing the world of humans around us and also the animal kingdom

Inspiration for what we produce comes from reading, observing the world of humans around us and also the animal kingdom


         

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.