Saturday, September 27, 2014

Words of wisdom on writing

Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are. (Rod Serling)

Serling spent a few years teaching writing at Antioch College and Ithaca College.  Can you imagine having to turn your stories in to a six time Emmy winner and creator of The Twilight Zone for critique and grading? 

The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.  (Philip Roth) Agreed. If I had a Native American name, it would be Works-In-Progress. 

I think the greatest teacher of writing is reading. (Michael Connelly)

The difference between fiction and non-fiction is that fiction must be absolutely believable. (Mark Twain) It's funny because it's true.

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential. (Jessamyn West)

The great thing about revision is that it's your opportunity to fake being brilliant. (Will Shetterly) One of the first things writers are taught: Writing is rewriting.

Artists don't talk about art. Artists talk about work. (Paddy Chayefsky) 

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. (James Michener)

My favorite words to hear in a writer’s room: "What if…” (Shawn Ryan)

Images snicked from the internets.

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