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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 2m
If you write a hundred short and they are bad, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You fail only if you stop . RAY BRADBURY
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For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include. What lies beyond the margin of the text? The photographer frames the shot, writers frame their world. JEANETTE WINTERSON
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"If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially on some piece of or paperwork, you should acquire a …”
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One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles. IGOR STRAVINSKY
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In many conversations I realize that the thing that’s being said is really not the point at all. CLAUDIA RANKINE
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"But the real fun of , for me at least, is the experience of making a set of givens yield…”
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The effort when you're a is to think through the mental processes of each of the as they collide with the events. PHILIP ROTH
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You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can’t sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live. RAY BRADBURY
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"For all your cutting, there is usually more to come…”
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Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. T.S. ELIOT
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Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive. URSULA K. LE GUIN
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"Specificity is the lever, the pry bar, by which you lift up new universes and make readers believe all things…”
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“Unless you learn how to be in your head, you'll never learn how to create…”
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The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. LORRAINE HANSBERRY
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"In , while we do not necessarily write about ourselves, we write out of ourselves, using ourselves…”
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Jon Winokur 19h
Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value. ARTHUR MILLER
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When you lay a clue, always put something sensational in the line after [so the reader won't notice the clue]. JEFFREY ARCHER
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Good has a musical quality to it, a mathematical quality, a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. LAURA HILLENBRAND
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Jon Winokur 22h
"Process is nothing; erase your tracks. The path is not the work…”
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Jon Winokur 23h
I steal from every movie ever made. QUENTIN TARANTINO
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