Friday, June 5, 2015

Inspirational Quotes for Aspiring Writers...

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” — Elmore Leonard

“In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.” ― Junot Díaz

“Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.” ― Amy Joy

“Dear Aspiring Writer, you are not ready. Stop. Put that finished story away and start another one. In a month, go back and look at the first story. RE-EDIT it. Then send it to a person you respect in the field who will be hard on you. Pray for many many many red marks. Fix them. Then put it away for two weeks. Work on something else. Finally, edit one last time. Now you are ready to sub your first work.

Criticism is hard to take at first. Trust me, I’ve been there. But learn to think of crit marks as a knife. Each one is designed to cut away the bad and leave a scar. Scars prove you’ve lived, learned and walked away a winner. Any writer who tells you they don’t need edits is lying. I don’t care if they have 100 books out. Edits make you grow and if you aren’t growing as a writer, you are dead.” ― Inez Kelley

“…you are a writer the moment you start writing, not when you’ve sold your first book.” ― Rob Bignell

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — Stephen King

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” — Mark Twain

“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald       

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London 

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