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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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"I admire the authority of being on one's knees in front of the event…”
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"Don't do it if you are not a gambler…”
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every , the writer must solve two problems: Can it be done? and, Can I do it? Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles. ANNIE DILLARD
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There is more power in telling little than in telling all. MARK ROTHKO
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"As a young writer I figured that if anybody knew about short , it was Chekhov, so I tried taking his advice…”
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I have tried very hard as a novelist to say, “Novels are about individuals and especially larger than life individuals.” My protagonists are very feisty characters BHARATI MUKHERJEE
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Write every day even if it is just a paragraph. MICHAEL CONNELLY
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My rules for a good are simple: Do I want to turn the page to see what happens? Do I care about the characters? Does it strike an emotional chord? Is it thematically interesting? Is it unique? MIKE MEDAVOY ()
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"Creative-writing workshops mostly have to do with creating other creative-writing workshops…”
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I write for private amusement and for the golden ears of friends who’ll understand and forgive everything from the point of view of humani nihil a me alienum puto—“Nothing human is foreign to me.” ALLEN GINSBERG
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To engender empathy and create a world using only words is the closest thing we have to magic.
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is really rewriting…”
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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default. J.K. ROWLING
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High concept is the enemy of the writer. The friend of the writer is the human being, the full-blooded interacting with another character. JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ
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The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. MOLIÈRE
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"If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not…”
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If today was not a productive day don't beat yourself to death over it. Wake up tomorrow and start from there. Try it. It works. We can't go back. We can only go forward. Let's go! TERRY McMILLAN
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Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. NEIL GAIMAN
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The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always. ARTHUR MILLER
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