Words of Wisdom on Writing

Bad Writing: “It is not serious, and it does not tell the truth.”

— Eudora Welty

Whenever there is an easy way to do something — and do it right — by all means prefer the easy way.

– R. V. Cassill

The job of an apple tree is to bear apples. The job of a storyteller is to tell  stories.

– James A. Michener

Get black on white.

– Guy de Maupassant

You can do anything you can get away with, and you can’t get away with much.

– Flannery O’Connor

The best story is no good until it’s on paper.

– Allen Marple

Nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else.

– e. e. cummings

When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.

– Bernard Shaw

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Put something on paper.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Words of Wisdom on Writing

  1. Jane

    December 4, 2012 at 11:21am

    I love these quotes. What wise choices!

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