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    • If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
      On Writing, p. 147, by Stephen King
    • You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair -- the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.
      On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000, by Stephen King
    • You must not come lightly to the blank page.
      On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000, by Stephen King
    • All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.
    • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
      "How to Write Short Stories", by Ring Lardner
    • Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.
    • Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
      "Unkempt Thoughts", by Stanislaw J. Lec
    • Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
    • Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
    • If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.
      We Got Naked, Now What, SXSW 2006, by Elaine Liner
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