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"We cannot write well or truly but what we write with gusto." ~ Henry David Thoreau

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The world we live in has been and is being increasingly politicized so that our daily experience is more and more a matter of public policy. A lot of fiction comes out of a child's feeling of, “Hey, that's not fair.” ~ Deborah Eisenberg

All I'm doing is writing it down and putting it in a cadence. Once I get into a cadence, then why should I even stop and wonder what it is? You can do that for the rest of your life, but when it's coming out, you don't want to stop it. ~ Neil Young

I believe that writing is an account of the powers of extrication. ~ John Cheever

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. ~ Robert Frost

There is no better feeling than when you write something you know is a piece of you and that, at some point, is going to communicate with someone else. ~ Alanis Morissette

Writer’s block is what you get if you’re too full of yourself and trying to be García Márquez. You sit and stare at the wall and nothing happens for you. It ’s like imagining you’re a tree and trying to sprout leaves. Once you come to your senses and accept who you are, then there’s no problem. I’m not García Márquez. I’m a late-middle-aged midlist fair-to-middling writer with a comfortable midriff, and it gives me quite a bit of pleasure. ~ Garrison Keillor

You can't write poetry on the computer. ~ Quentin Tarantino

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~ Benjamin Franklin

I have written a great many stories and I still don't know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances. ~ John Steinbeck

Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences... They are the ones who keep writing. ~ Bonnie Friedman

Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators. ~ Albert Camus

I want the reader to turn the page and keep on turning to the end. ~ Barbara Tuchman

The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That’s not true with non-fiction. ~ Tom Wolfe, Advice to Writers

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