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Writing Advice

“They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.” –Lillian Hellman “Know when to tune out, if you listen to too much advice you may wind up making other peoples mistakes.”  –Ann Landers “I always advise people never to give advice.” –P.G. Wodehouse * * * I have a lot of pet peeves. […]

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Appropriate reading for a 10 year-old? Sure. Why not?

If you have a little girl, don’t let her grow up to be a writer. You’ll only regret it. Here’s what could happen: you could end up with a weirdo. A weirdo who sits alone in her room, scribbling in notebooks. A weirdo who you wish would try a little harder to be “normal”. But instead, you’ve got this strange little shit, sitting in her room, organizing these stacks of […]

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“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” -Paulo Coelho “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Albert Einstein * I sat perfectly still in my seat at the back of the classroom, listening carefully as our […]

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“Writer’s block? I’ve heard of this. This is when a writer cannot write, yes?  Then that person isn’t a writer anymore.  I’m sorry, but the job is getting up in the fucking morning and writing for a living.”   — Warren Ellis “There’s no such thing as writer’s block.  That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”  — Terry Pratchett * Here’s the thing about writer’s block: it’s […]

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Angelas Ashes Cover

“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” -Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction “As a writer, you can’t allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward.” -Augusten Burroughs . Everything that I’m about to […]

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“I write for myself and strangers. The strangers, dear Readers, are an afterthought.”  – Gertrude Stein “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”  – Cyril Connolly “A man really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course if others like it, that is clear gain. But if those ten are satisfied, he is content.”  – Alfred […]

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