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Writing Quotes: "Writing poetry and reading books causes brain damage."

Writing poetry and reading books causes brain damage.




Writing Quotes: "I belong to this notebook and this pencil."

I belong to this notebook and this pencil.



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "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.




Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "...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...




Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it."

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



Writing Quotes: "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.




Writing Quotes: "It's the writing that teaches you."

It's the writing that teaches you.



Writing Quotes: "Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

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



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "It is the tale, not he who tells it."

It is the tale, not he who tells it.



Writing Quotes: "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 Quotes: "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.



Writing Quotes: "Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them."

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.



Writing Quotes: "Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do."

Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do.



Writing Quotes: "There's an old rule of theater that goes, 'If there's a gun on the mantel in Act I, it must go off in Act III.' The reverse is also true."

There's an old rule of theater that goes, 'If there's a gun on the mantel in Act I, it must go off in Act III.' The reverse is also true.



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

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



Writing Quotes: "An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better a little better."

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better a little better.



Writing Quotes: "The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer."

The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.



Writing Quotes: "If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another."

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.



Writing Quotes: "You rely too much on brain. The brain is the most overrated organ."

You rely too much on brain. The brain is the most overrated organ.



Writing Quotes: "The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting."

The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.



Writing Quotes: "The best stories don't come from "good vs. bad" but "good vs. good."

The best stories don't come from "good vs. bad" but "good vs. good.



Writing Quotes: "I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.



Writing Quotes: "I know grammar by ear only, not by note, not by the rules."

I know grammar by ear only, not by note, not by the rules.



Writing Quotes: "The rest of it - and perhaps the best of it - is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will."

The rest of it - and perhaps the best of it - is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will.



Writing Quotes: "The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it."

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.



Writing Quotes: "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascendThe brightest heaven of invention!"

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascendThe brightest heaven of invention!



Writing Quotes: "Your manuscript is both good and original but the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good."

Your manuscript is both good and original but the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good.



Writing Quotes: "I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven."

I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.



Writing Quotes: "Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book."

Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.



Writing Quotes: "Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think."

Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.



Writing Quotes: "Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it."

Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it.



Writing Quotes: "It is a pity he did not write in pencil. As you have no doubt frequently observed, the impression usually goes through -- a fact which has dissolved many a happy marriage."

It is a pity he did not write in pencil. As you have no doubt frequently observed, the impression usually goes through -- a fact which has dissolved many a happy marriage.



Writing 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 Quotes: "It is also a warning. It is a warning that, if nobody reads the writing on the wall, man will be reduced to the state of the beast, whom he is shaming by his manners."

It is also a warning. It is a warning that, if nobody reads the writing on the wall, man will be reduced to the state of the beast, whom he is shaming by his manners.



Writing Quotes: "If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed."

If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.



Writing Quotes: "All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you."

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.



Writing Quotes: "Most gothics are overplotted novels whose success or failure hinges on the author's ability to make you believe in the characters and partake of the mood."

Most gothics are overplotted novels whose success or failure hinges on the author's ability to make you believe in the characters and partake of the mood.



Writing Quotes: "Writing is the geometry of the soul."

Writing is the geometry of the soul.



Writing Quotes: "The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.



Writing Quotes: "Magazines all too frequently lead to books and should be regarded by the prudent as the heavy petting of literature."

Magazines all too frequently lead to books and should be regarded by the prudent as the heavy petting of literature.