I am always chilled and astonished
by the would-be writers who ask
me for advice and admit,
quite blithely, that they “don’t have
time to read.” This is like a guy
starting up Mount Everest saying
that he didn’t have time to buy
any rope or pitons.

―Stephen King

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Don’t say the
old lady screamed.
Bring her in and
let her scream.

—Mark Twain

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The good artist
believes that nobody
is good enough to give
him advice. He has
supreme vanity.
No matter how much
he admires the old
writer, he wants
to beat him.

―William Faulkner

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It’s a great lesson
about not being
too precious about
your writing. . . .
You can’t be that kid 
standing at the top of
the waterslide,
overthinking it. . . .
You have to let people
see what you wrote.
―Tina Fey

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Don’t try to figure out what other
people want to hear from you;
figure out what you have to say.
It’s the one and only thing
you have to offer.

—Barbara Kingsolver

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I write to give myself strength.
I write to be the characters
I am not. I write to explore all
of the things I am afraid of.

—Joss Whedon

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