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Jon Winokur
Writerly wisdom of the ages collected by the author of Advice To Writers, The Big Book of Irony, and The Portable Curmudgeon.
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Jon Winokur 29m
"Wear layers. It's easy to get cold when you're sitting still…”
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Jon Winokur 1h
Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators. ALBERT CAMUS
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Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. STEPHEN KING
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Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer. BARBARA KINGSOLVER
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You must stay drunk on so reality cannot destroy you. RAY BRADBURY
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It is said that comes more easily if you have something to say. SHOLEM ASCH
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Jon Winokur 7h
is a delicious agony. GWENDOLYN BROOKS
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"Freewriting is the easiest way to get on paper and the best all-around practice in that I know…”
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Tell a ! Don’t try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first. ANNE McCAFFREY
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Jon Winokur 13h
One should never write down or up to people, but out of yourself. CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD
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Jon Winokur 14h
Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped. LILLIAN HELLMAN
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Jon Winokur 15h
is one of the few professions left where you take all the responsibility for what you do. It’s really dangerous and ultimately destroys you as a writer if you start thinking about responses to your work or what your audience needs. ERICA JONG
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I found that the same softness which once made me a target now compelled people to trust me with their . TA-NEHISI COATES
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Jon Winokur 18h
is a little door. Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through. SUSAN SONTAG
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Jon Winokur 19h
Listen to the criticisms and preferences of your trusted "first readers.” ROSE TREMAIN
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Jon Winokur 21h
You must render; never report. GUY DE MAUPASSANT
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Jon Winokur 22h
There is no doubt that I have lots of words inside me; but at moments, like rush-hour traffic at the mouth of a tunnel, they jam. JOHN UPDIKE
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Jon Winokur 23h
You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer, an almost physical nerve, the kind you need to walk a log across a river. MARGARET ATWOOD
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Jon Winokur Dec 10
Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.” C.S. LEWIS
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