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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 1h
As the saying goes, you might as well be yourself; everyone else is taken. ROBERT BLY
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Jon Winokur 3h
Maybe you're one of those people who writes poems, but rarely reads them. Let me put this as delicately as I can: If you don't read, your is going to suck. KIM ADDONIZIO
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Jon Winokur 4h
Ask Yourself Four Questions:
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Jon Winokur 5h
The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is. AUGUST WILSON
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Jon Winokur 7h
The muscles of are not so visible, but they are just as powerful: determination, attention, curiosity, a passionate heart. NATALIE GOLDBERG
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Jon Winokur 8h
"I like to think of what happens to in good and as knots—things keep knotting up. And by the end of the story—readers see an “unknotting” of sorts…”
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Jon Winokur 9h
I don't fire up the prose. I just tell it straight and don't fool around with it. RAYMOND CARVER
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Jon Winokur 11h
My family can always tell when I’m well into a because the meals get very crummy. ANNE TYLER
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Jon Winokur 12h
"The unconscious mind takes the germ of an idea and develops it, but usually this happens only when a writer has tried hard, and logically, to develop it himself…”
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Jon Winokur 14h
"Writers make everybody nervous…”
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Jon Winokur 16h
“Show the reader what the character thinks about…”
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Jon Winokur 17h
The thing to do is to say to yourself, “Which are my big scenes?” and then get every drop of juice out of them. P.G. WODEHOUSE
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Jon Winokur 19h
for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don't think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it. J.K. ROWLING
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Jon Winokur 21h
I began almost at random, the easy parts first. A piece of roof here, a bit of wall there, until I had a basic frame. ELIAS KHOURY
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Jon Winokur 23h
I don’t wait to be struck by lightning and don’t need certain slants of light in order to write. TONI MORRISON
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Jon Winokur Apr 18
There should be no distinction between what we write down and what we really know. ALLEN GINSBERG
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Jon Winokur Apr 18
I don’t go back and look at my early work, because the last time I did, many years ago, it left me cringing. If one publishes, then one is creating a public record of Learning to Write. LORRIE MOORE
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Jon Winokur Apr 18
The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write. ANNIE DILLARD
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Jon Winokur Apr 18
One can never be alone enough to write. To see better. SUSAN SONTAG
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Jon Winokur Apr 18
The author should keep his mouth shut when his work begins to speak. FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE
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