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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Rudyard Kipling

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Elmore Leonard

My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jack London

Don't loaf and invite inspiration. Light after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Groucho Marx

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

Mark Twain

A writer ought to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Samuel Goldwyn

What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Raymond Chandler

The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Winston Churchill

Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, the it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Mark Twain

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and the lightening bug.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Henry David Thoreau

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.