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quote by Horace: Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.

--Horace
quote by Stephen King: Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. with background image: person writing on white paper
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Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

--Stephen King
quote by Ernest Hemingway: Write drunk; edit sober. with background image: photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Write drunk; edit sober.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by Ernest Hemingway: In order to write about life first you must live it. with background image: photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

In order to write about life first you must live it.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by C. S. Lewis: You can make anything by writing. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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You can make anything by writing.

--C. S. Lewis
quote by Helen Dunmore: A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk. with background image: creative guy at desk
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A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.

--Helen Dunmore
quote by Arthur Schopenhauer: Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes. with background image: red flowers with water droplets
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Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes.

--Arthur Schopenhauer
quote by Kurt Vonnegut: 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. with background image: aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime
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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
quote by Rachel Carson: If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in, the chances are very high that you will interest other people as well. with background image: photo of author Rachel Carson with quote

If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in, the chances are very high that you will interest other people as well.

--Rachel Carson
quote by Edgar Allan Poe: A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it. with background image: fountain pen on spiral book
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A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.

--Edgar Allan Poe
quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. with background image: photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

--Rainer Maria Rilke
quote by Isaac Asimov: It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. with background image: white flowers
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It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.

--Isaac Asimov
quote by Philip Roth: Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise. with background image: stars across the sky view at the desert
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Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.

--Philip Roth
quote by Joseph Conrad: A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer. with background image: brown pencil on white surface
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A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.

--Joseph Conrad
quote by Carlos Fuentes: Writing is a struggle against silence. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Writing is a struggle against silence.

--Carlos Fuentes
quote by William Faulkner: The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. with background image: sunset
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The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.

--William Faulkner
quote by Gustave Flaubert: I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within. with background image: brown desert under sunny sky
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I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

--Gustave Flaubert
quote by Thomas Mann: A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. with background image: man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap
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A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

--Thomas Mann
quote by Terry Pratchett: The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

--Terry Pratchett
quote by Don Miguel Ruiz: Your word is the power that you have to create; it is a gift. with background image: purple, white, and pink floral painting
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Your word is the power that you have to create; it is a gift.

--Don Miguel Ruiz
quote by Edward Thorndike: Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.

--Edward Thorndike
quote by Stephen King: Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. with background image: yellow sunflower in close up photography
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Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.

--Stephen King
quote by Ray Bradbury: First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him. with background image: green textile
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First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.

--Ray Bradbury


quote by Philip Pullman: After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. with background image: person writing on white paper
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After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

--Philip Pullman
quote by Tom Clancy: I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story. with background image: white and blue ice in water
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I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.

--Tom Clancy
quote by Jules Renard: Style means the right word. The rest matters little. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Style means the right word. The rest matters little.

--Jules Renard
quote by Pablo Neruda: Poetry is an act of peace. with background image: black bird on brown tree branch during daytime
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Poetry is an act of peace.

--Pablo Neruda

Longer Version:

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.


quote by Virginia Woolf: Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

--Virginia Woolf
quote by Stephen King: When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you're done, you have to step back and look at the forest. with background image: pink and blue sky with moon
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When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you're done, you have to step back and look at the forest.

--Stephen King
quote by Neil Gaiman: Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent. with background image: creative guy at desk
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Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.

--Neil Gaiman
quote by Arthur Schopenhauer: The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting. with background image: person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.

--Arthur Schopenhauer
quote by Ernest Hemingway: As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand. with background image: photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by Roald Dahl: A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. with background image: person using laptop computer
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A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.

--Roald Dahl

quote by Russell Lynes: No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. with background image: person writing on white paper
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No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.

--Russell Lynes
quote by Guy de Maupassant: Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing. with background image: photo of author Guy de Maupassant with quote

Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing.

--Guy de Maupassant
quote by Virginia Woolf: Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money. with background image: pendant LED bulb
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Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.

--Virginia Woolf

quote by Toni Morrison: You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down. with background image: blue ocean
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You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Umberto Eco: To survive, you must tell stories. with background image: brown trees under blue sky during daytime
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To survive, you must tell stories.

--Umberto Eco
quote by Herman Melville: To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.

--Herman Melville

Longer Version:

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.


quote by Paulo Coelho: Tears are words that need to be written. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Tears are words that need to be written.

--Paulo Coelho
quote by Voltaire: Writing is the painting of the voice. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Writing is the painting of the voice.

--Voltaire
quote by Albert Camus: The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. with background image: woman standing on forest
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The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

--Albert Camus
quote by Virginia Woolf: Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. with background image: woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents
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Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

--Virginia Woolf
quote by Blaise Pascal: If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Henry Miller: Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.

--Henry Miller

Longer Version:

Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one: it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become the path himself.


quote by Eudora Welty: Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading. with background image: photo of author Eudora Welty with quote

Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.

--Eudora Welty
quote by Melinda Haynes: Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. with background image: person writing on white paper
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Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.

--Melinda Haynes
quote by Stephen King: You go where the story leads you. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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You go where the story leads you.

--Stephen King
quote by Martin Luther: If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. with background image: photo of author Martin Luther with quote

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.

--Martin Luther
quote by Louis L'Amour: Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. with background image: person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

--Louis L'Amour
quote by Ernest Hemingway: All bad writers are in love with the epic. with background image: photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

All bad writers are in love with the epic.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by Victor Hugo: A writer is a world trapped in a person. with background image: landscape photography of mountain
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A writer is a world trapped in a person.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Henry Miller: Writing is its own reward. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Writing is its own reward.

--Henry Miller
quote by David Foster Wallace: Good fiction's job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. with background image: woman in striped shirt sitting on bed while writing
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Good fiction's job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

--David Foster Wallace
quote by Ernest Hemingway: All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. with background image: photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by Isabel Allende: Write what should not be forgotten. with background image: snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky
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Write what should not be forgotten.

--Isabel Allende
quote by Jack Kerouac: One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

--Jack Kerouac
quote by Stephen King: Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings. with background image: pink rose
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Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings.

--Stephen King
quote by Criss Jami: Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. with background image: person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

--Criss Jami
quote by Anthony Trollope: A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules. with background image: creative guy at desk
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A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.

--Anthony Trollope
quote by Stephen King: The scariest moment is always just before you start. with background image: sunflower field under white sky during daytime
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The scariest moment is always just before you start.

--Stephen King

Longer Version:

The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.


quote by Toni Morrison: We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. with background image: woman in striped shirt sitting on bed while writing
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We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Hermann Hesse: Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. with background image: red and white led lighted heart decor
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Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.

--Hermann Hesse
quote by Peter Handke: If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.

--Peter Handke
quote by Patrick Dennis: I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.

--Patrick Dennis
quote by Voltaire: To hold a pen is to be at war. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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To hold a pen is to be at war.

--Voltaire
quote by Virginia Woolf: Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others. with background image: black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time
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Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

--Virginia Woolf
quote by William Wordsworth: Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. with background image: jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime
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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

--William Wordsworth
quote by Ursula K. Le Guin: The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. with background image: purple flowers under cloudy sky
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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

--Ursula K. Le Guin
quote by William Somerset Maugham: There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. with background image: photo of author William Somerset Maugham with quote

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

--William Somerset Maugham
quote by Tom Stoppard: Good things, when short, are twice as good. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Good things, when short, are twice as good.

--Tom Stoppard
quote by Thomas Mann: The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea. with background image: man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap
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The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea.

--Thomas Mann
quote by Terry Pratchett: Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself. with background image: silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time
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Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.

--Terry Pratchett
quote by Stephen King: Fiction is the truth inside the lie. with background image: shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

--Stephen King
quote by Robert Frost: No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. with background image: person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs
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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

--Robert Frost
quote by Robert Frost: Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. with background image: high-angle photography of mountain at sunset
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Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

--Robert Frost
quote by Ray Bradbury: The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.

--Ray Bradbury
quote by Ray Bradbury: I don't control my writing -- it controls me. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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I don't control my writing -- it controls me.

--Ray Bradbury
quote by Ray Bradbury: You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

--Ray Bradbury
quote by Paul Valery: A poem is never finished, only abandoned. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

--Paul Valery
quote by Marianne Moore: Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. with background image: photo of author Marianne Moore with quote

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

--Marianne Moore
quote by Margaret Atwood: A word after a word after a word is power. with background image: person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap
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A word after a word after a word is power.

--Margaret Atwood
quote by Kahlil Gibran: All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. with background image: yellow and blue painted wall
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All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

--Kahlil Gibran
quote by Louise Brown: I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long. with background image: woman in striped shirt sitting on bed while writing
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I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long.

--Louise Brown
quote by Joseph Heller: Every writer I know has trouble writing. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Every writer I know has trouble writing.

--Joseph Heller
quote by John Steinbeck: Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. with background image: woman in red knit sweater holding lemon
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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

--John Steinbeck
quote by Joan Didion: Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.

--Joan Didion
quote by Isaac Bashevis Singer: The waste basket is the writer's best friend. with background image: cactus flowers
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The waste basket is the writer's best friend.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. with background image: time lapse photography of fire
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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry Brooks Adams: No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. with background image: silhouette of off-road car
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No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

--Henry Brooks Adams
quote by Gustave Flaubert: Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living. with background image: notebook on table
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Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.

--Gustave Flaubert
quote by Gustave Flaubert: Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. with background image: shallow focus photo of white rose
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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

--Gustave Flaubert

Longer Version:

Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.


quote by George Orwell: Good writing is like a windowpane. with background image: five children sitting on bench front of trees
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Good writing is like a windowpane.

--George Orwell
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. with background image: woman in striped shirt sitting on bed while writing
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Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Ernest Hemingway: We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. with background image: photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

--Ernest Hemingway
quote by Carol Burnett: Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. with background image: road between yellow leaf trees at daytime
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Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.

--Carol Burnett
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