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"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." ~ Ernest Hemingway

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"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see to the end of your headlights; but you can make the whole trip that way." - E. L. Doctorow

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"Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it." - Madeleine LíEngle

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"As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand." - Ernest Hemingway

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Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
 ~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"

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"It is splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your words and make them pop like chestnuts." - Gustave Flaubert

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"It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write." ~Sinclair Lewis

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"The road to hell is paved with adverbs." ~Stephen King

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"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." ~Mark Twain

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"Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it." - Truman Capote (...and editing is like beating the corpse with a brick.)

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