Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Best Writing Advice Ever

When I teach creative writing classes, one of my first handouts is "Writing Advice" to help inspire the students. Here are some of my favorites, that have inspired me over the years:
Woman pencil
 There's nothing to writing. 
All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
  ~ Walter Wellesley Smith

Open book
I try to leave out the parts that people skip. 
~Elmore Leonard

Woman writing
If there's a book you really want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. 
~Toni Morrison

Girl computer
Writing became such a process of discovery
that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: 
I wanted to know what I was going to say. 
~Sharon O'Brien

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion,
some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it. 
~Jules Renard

I love being a writer. 
What I can't stand is the paperwork. 
~Peter De Vries

What no partner of a writer can ever understand is that
 a writer is working when she's staring out of the window. 
~Burton Rascoe

Angry typewriter
You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.
~Jack London


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