5 Tips on…Writing from Writers

Mark Twain writing Tom Sawyer in his study.
PHOTO Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, CT.

As writers, we can always use a bit of inspiration and direction. Below are five thoughts on writing from some of my favorite authors. Do you have a few favorite quotes on writing? What helps you when penning the net article, post, or press release? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Choose Wisely
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ― Mark Twain

Put in the Time
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

It’s Worth Repeating
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” ― William Faulkner

Each Sentence Counts
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Write Specifically and Universally
“If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.” ― John Steinbeck

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4 thoughts on “5 Tips on…Writing from Writers

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