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Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers

“Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Begin with an individual and you find that you have created a type; begin with a type and you find that you have created — nothing.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Don’t ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out.” ~ Charles Bukowski

“Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry.” ~ Muriel Rukeyser

“A short story must have single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ~ Saul Bellow

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” ~ T. S. Eliot

“Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ~ Stephen King

“Good fiction is made of what is real, and reality is difficult to come by.” ~ Ralph Ellison

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

“You cannot write well without data.” ~ George Higgins

“Listen, then make up your own mind.” ~ Gay Talese

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

“Write without pay until somebody offers pay; if nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.” ~ Mark Twain


About mauledbypuma

5 Foot 5, Left handed, Aquarius, Human being.

3 comments on “Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers

  1. Peronius
    July 23, 2012

    If I was going to write a short story about exploited internees, I’d put the Twain quotation in a frame in the foyer of the city legal firm where the nervous graduates, waiting for their interviews, could contemplate his words. Hopefully some of them would have the foresight to leave.

  2. David Stares
    July 25, 2012

    This is great.

    Charles Bukoski – my kind of guy. Google here I come.

    And Stephen King; My hero. Grew up on his books.

  3. mauledbypuma
    July 25, 2012

    Liking the image! Thanks very much!

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