Famous Razors

Razors aren’t just for shaving. In philosophy, a razor is a rule of thumb that allows for the elimination (the “shaving off”) of unlikely explanations. The most famous is Occam’s…

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The hard facts …

… from Joe Konrath: No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more…

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Literary Putdowns

In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer…

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Imaginary friends …

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Five quotes on writing from Ian Rankin

I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends. I don’t have many friends. It’s not because…

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For aspiring writers …

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Show, don’t tell

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Readers and writers have the exact same goal

“Readers and writers have the exact same goal. We want to lose ourselves in story for a few hours. Readers like to share the story that allowed them to leave…

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17 quotes about writing

Easy reading is damned hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne …I have this one nasty habit. Makes me hard to live with. I write… Robert A. Heinlein Those who write clearly have…

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The benefit of my experience

Or how John Steinbeck kept from going nuts … … let me give you the benefit of my experience in facing 400 pages of blank stock—the appalling stuff that must…

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