As we've visited with some guest posters this week and received some great tips. Don't forget to stop by the posts and comment and enter for the giveaways as we'll be drawing at the end of today. Today I thought it might be fun to end with some advice from beloved authors of the past. They may be dead people, but their works have outlived them.
TRUMAN CAPOTE: To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
HENRY MILLER: Work on one thing at a time until finished.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: Nothing any good isn't hard.
JOHN STEINBECK: Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page a day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
E.B. WHITE: Writing is not an exercise in excision, it's a journey into sound.
Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.
ANTON CHEKHOV: My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
HERMAN MELVILLE: To produce a mighty book, you must start with a mighty theme.
ROBERT FROST: No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
WILLIAM FAULKNER: Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but its the only way you can do anything really good.
Don't be a writer. Be writing.
JACK LONDON: You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
VIRGINIA WOOLF: If you don't tell the truth about yourself, you can't tell it about other people.
Is there any writing advice here that spoke to your heart? Or is there another piece of advice that has been passed on to you that you have taken to heart and remembered?
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