Advice From Folks Who Know

Posted: July 10, 2011 in Writing/Publishing

The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
–John Campbell.

Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
–Robert A. Heinlein.

The only way to learn to write is to write.
–Peggy Teeters.

Resist the temptation to try to use dazzling style to conceal weakness of substance.
–Stanley Schmidt.

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
–Orson Scott Card.

If you haven’t got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you’ll only have to throw away the first three pages.
–William C. Gault.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
— Douglas Adams.

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil, trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
–William Faulkner.

Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.
–Harlan Ellison.

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
–Stephen King.

  1. Thomas Smith says:

    Thanks for stopping by. There are more words of wisdom today. Stop by anytime!

  2. thewordwit says:

    Writing, Speaking, Worship, and Quotes. Four things that keep me intrigued. Glad I stumbled upon your blog.

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