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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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Quotes : Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

. “…writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary…

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Quotes : John Steinbeck

A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling or teaching or ordering. Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of…

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First Drafts

From Neil Cross’s excellent essay on the subject: First drafts, man. They’re just shit. … You’ve got to trust your own judgement – and during the first draft, all that…

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