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Some great quotes about writing, via Yeda:
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
~Winston Churchill
Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.
~Louise Brooks
Write without pay until someone offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this as a sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for.
~Mark Twain
Three years? Ahem. Does anyone have a wood saw?

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

5 replies on “Writing Quotes”

Mark Twain was quite a character; I did some reading up on him awhile back. He came up with one of my all time favourite quotes.

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Something I’ve not had much success at practicing. 😀

I wasn’t even warmed up yet after three years. It took decades to rack up all my rejection letters. Right now I’m giving away a free short story collection that it took me 30 years to compile. You can throw it out in mere minutes.

But I digress.

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.
–Flannery O’Connor

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
–Howard Aiken

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
–Adlai Stevenson

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
–T.S. Eliot

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
–Elmore Leonard

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
–Frank Lloyd Wright

I can’t understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.
–Fred Allen

Writers have a rare power not given to anyone else; we can bore people long after we are dead.
–Sinclair Lewis

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