Writing Tips from Various Authors

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“The commonest of all, the bread of writing, is vocabulary.” ~Stephen King

 

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“A one sentence paragraph feels like a punch, and no one wants to get punched. Overused, it can be an annoying tic, a lazy writer’s attempt to compel us to pay attention or to inject energy and life into a narrative, of falsely inflating the importance of sentences that our eye might skip over entirely if they were placed, more quietly and modestly, inside a longer paragraph.

The one-sentence paragraph should be used sparingly, if at all. But it does have its uses. If a writer is going to draw attention to the stand-alone sentence, the sentence had better be worth it. That is, the sentence should have enough content–enough resonance–to justify this slightly unusual, attention-grabbing device.” ~Francine Prose

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“You’ve got to love libraries. You’ve got to love books. You’ve got to love poetry. You’ve got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it.” ~ Ray Bradbury

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“Every page was once a blank page, just as every word that appears on it now was not always there, but instead reflects the final result of countless large and small deliberations. All the elements of good writing depend on the writer’s skill in choosing one word instead of another. And what grabs and keeps our interest has everything to do with choices.”
~Francine Prose

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“Write is a Verb” ~Bill O’Hanlon

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“Sit down with the least expectation of yourself; say, ‘I am free to write the worst junk in the world.’ You have to give yourself the space to write a lot without a destination.” ~Natalie Goldberg

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“The worse you make it for the characters the better it is for the reader.” ~Jerry Cleaver

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“It is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. If you write only when excited or motivated, you’ll never finish. You have to write even when it’s the last thing you want to do. Just put something down.” ~Bob Mayer

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“I just wrote until the books were finished, regardless of my fears, my flaws, my laziness, my procrastination, and other unhelpful feelings and thoughts” ~Bill O’Hanlon

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“Ive learned a few simple, basic principles over the years. First, you must complete the book, start to finish, to have a shot at selling it. In other words: sit your butt in the chair and write. Second, writing the first draft is only the beginning. The real magic happens when you mix and fold key elements into the basic story. Those textures and flavors will make your book stand out to the agent/editor/reader and make her want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next.” ~Cherry Adair

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