Writing is Easy, Right?

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Sharing information is a good thing. Sharing wisdom is even better. When it comes to writing advice these 10 people offer up some inspiration.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Ernest Hemingway

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

Elmore Leonard

“Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place. Something more will arise for later, something better.”

Annie Dillard

“Never use a metaphor, smile, or any other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.”

George Orwell

“I’m always pretending that I’m online casino sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.”

James Patterson

“The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.”

Erica Jong

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

Stephen King

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build toward it.”

Edgar Allen Poe

“Cut out all the exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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