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Quote: Don DeLillo

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo

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J K Rowling’s Diary

In late December 2005, J K Rowling’s original website, jkrowling.com, contained the following message: Until very recently, JKRowling.com was a list of links to my publishers – boring, I think…

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Quote: Meg Cabot

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no…

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Copyright, Contracts, Patreon and Personal Choice

If you use, or are considering using, Patreon, you might like to take a look at their Terms of Use first. Particularly this clause:

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Writing isn’t easy …

Writing isn’t easy and, even after you’ve been doing it for a few years, you’re still a novice. If you want to be a successful writer, be prepared to work…

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Using zombies to spot the passive voice

Writers are generally encouraged to avoid the passive voice because … well, it’s passive. Take sentences like: My car was stolen yesterday. The meeting was called off. The window was…

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Things you don’t know you know

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

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Neil Gaiman on Piracy

“I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up, they put my stories up, they put my stuff up on the web. And I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright.”

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Quotes : Rebecca West

“If one is a woman writer there are certain things one must do. First, not be too good; second, die young. What an edge Katherine Mansfield has on all of…

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So, how much have you written today?

According to Guinness World Records, L. Ron Hubbard is credited with having the most published works by one author (1,084). But the man who once said, “You don’t get rich…

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