Advice For Writers
ADVICE FOR WRITERS
Assembled by Michael LaRocca
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. —Flannery O’Connor
I write fiction because it’s a way of making statements I can disown, and I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself.
It is always a good idea, in any type of writing, to imagine what it’s like to be the reader. —Carl Dickson
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. —Howard Aiken
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff. —Adlai Stevenson
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. —T.S. Eliot
It has been said that there is no great writing, only great rewriting. Perhaps that’s why it’s taken me 20 years to write this book. —Michael LaRocca
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once a week.
—George Bernard Shaw
It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. —Sinclair Lewis
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. —Enrique Jardiel Poncela
Easy reading is damn hard writing. —Nathaniel Hawthorne
I try to leave out the parts that people skip. —Elmore Leonard
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. —Sholem Asch
I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters. —Frank Lloyd Wright
I can’t understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars. —Fred Allen
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.
Writers have a rare power not given to anyone else; we can bore people long after we are dead. —Sinclair Lewis
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. —Douglas McArthur