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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 2h
You start by imitating others, there is lack of clarity, there are many reasons to fail. But there is a seed that slowly grows. OCTAVIO PAZ
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Jon Winokur 3h
"Nobody cares whether you write or not…”
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Jon Winokur 5h
You really can’t get a certificate saying “You’re a Writer Now.” The way that I became a is by a great deal and wanting to enter into the conversation with other authors, many of whom were dead, and imitating their style, however unconsciously. PHILLIP LOPATE
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Jon Winokur 7h
“Many writers feel they are getting down to the real after a belt or two…”
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Jon Winokur 8h
Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you. ZADIE SMITH
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Jon Winokur 10h
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 11h
"You set the in motion, and as you're watching this thing begin, all these opportunities will show up…”
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Jon Winokur 12h
Eventually a always has to make uncomfortable, so you push something onto the character. If a character wants to be quiet, you put all these noises in and see how she reacts. YIYUN LI
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Jon Winokur 13h
When “whom” is correct, recast the sentence. WILLIAM SAFIRE
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Jon Winokur 14h
If you write every day, you're going to write a lot of things that aren't terribly good, but you're going to have given things a chance to have their moments of sprouting. NICHOLSON BAKER
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Jon Winokur 15h
"Good do not resolve the mysteries of the human spirit…”
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Jon Winokur 16h
Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss. JOAN DIDION
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Jon Winokur 18h
Writers never retire. ANDY ROONEY
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Jon Winokur 19h
is everything. Everything else is dressing. Sorry, actors…"
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Jon Winokur 20h
is too hard to waste on the weirdness of your daily life…”
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Jon Winokur 23h
“Treat your demons with the respect they deserve…”
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Jon Winokur 24h
The whole process of a is having this great, beautiful idea and then spoiling it. DIANE JOHNSON
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Jon Winokur Sep 21
If I write what you know, I bore you; if I write what I know, I bore myself, therefore I write what I don't know. ROBERT DUNCAN
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Jon Winokur Sep 21
A if necessary should be a hammer [or] a hand grenade which you detonate under a stagnant way of looking at the world. WOLE SOYINKA
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Jon Winokur Sep 21
“If you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen…”
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