Things are not always as they seem

"The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it."

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MARK TWAIN

"The goods that a writer produces can never be impersonal; his character gets into them as certainly as it gets into the work of any other creative artist, and he must be prepared to endure investigation of it, and speculation upon it, and even gossip about it."

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H.L. MENCKEN

"If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle."

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RICHARD RHODES

"Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell."

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P.D. JAMES

"What isn’t said is as important as what is said. In many classic short stories, the real action occurs in the silences. Try to keep all the good stuff off the page."

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COLSON WHITEHEAD

"There’ll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time, unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done."

- James Taylor (via writingquotes)

"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it."

- Neil Gaiman (via unendedtalesunravel)

(via clairetheprincess)

"I don’t know if there is any one secret to successful writing, but one important step is to move beyond imitation and discover what you can write that no one else can - that is, find out who you are and write that in an appropriate narrative and style."

- James Gunn (via writingquotes)

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

- Ernest Hemingway (via quotes-shape-us)