Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

“Write something, even if it’s just a suicide note.”

–Gore Vidal, “Writing advice from Gore Vidal


Mark Twain

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

–Mark Twain, from The Art of Authorship, quoted by Bartleby



“Books should be about the people you know, that you love and hate, not about the people you study about. . . . Whatever success I have had has been through writing what I know about.”

–Ernest Hemingway, “Ernest Hemingway’s Best Tips on Writing

“Writers groups can be good and they can be bad. Depends on the people in them, and what they’re in them for.

“On the whole, anything that gets you writing and keeps you writing is a good thing. Anything that stops you writing is a bad thing. If you find your writers group stopping you from writing, then drop it.”

–Neil Gaiman “Advice to Authors” on his web site

“Be honest, have a few drinks, and submit everything.”

–“Charles Bukowski’s Rules for Writing” on the Literary Hub site

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

–Stephen King, “Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

“Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

–“Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writers” in The Guardian