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Curated by Jon Winokur, this site collects quotes from past and present w..
Writing is hard work. It is gathering ten times as much material as can ever be used. This information has to be gleaned to get the best ..read more
Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer is doing, he's ..read more
I think there are very few rules that can’t be broken. I think there is only one that is very difficult to break. I have seen it broken, ..read more
My ear is my critical tool as a writer, because it’s what catches the false notes. Your eye can very easily glide across the page, look ..read more
Persist. If you stop, then you’re removing yourself from the conversation. You have to keep going and weather rejection until you find ..read more
It is almost a lost cause to argue that unique means unduplicated—quite different from anything else in the world—and can not be ..read more
No one asks what Mozart means. Or an Indian raga or the little tripping dance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to “Cheek to Cheek” in ..read more
What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write ..read more
In the end it’s ironing the stuff. Getting out anything that’s extraneous. I don’t use adjectives if I can possibly get away with it ..read more
They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, ..read more

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