Quotes, Quotes, and ….. Quotes!

So, I wanted to take some time and share some writing advice from great (my opinion) authors.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

– Toni Morrison

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekov

“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith

“Always carry a note-book. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” — Will Self

“Listen to the criticisms and preferences of your trusted ‘first readers.'” — Rose Tremain

“The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.” — Jonathan Franzen

“Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.” — Elmore Leonard

“The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’” — Helen Simpson

 “In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.” — Rose Tremain

 

What is your favorite? Do you have other favorite quotes? Comment below!

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