Writer’s Wisdom ~ Write to Please Yourself

Don’t ask who your audience is…you are the audience: “You are writing primarily to please yourself, and if you go about it with enjoyment you will also entertain the readers who are worth writing for.” ~ William Zinsser


Writer’s Wisdom ~ Writing is Hard Work

Writing is hard work: “A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.” ~ William Zinsser

Writer’s Wisdom ~ Importance of Reading

Read at the level at which you want to write. Reading is the nourishment that feeds the kind of writing you want to do. ~ Jennifer Egan on Reading & Writing

Writer’s Wisdom on the Importance of Commas

“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.” ~Dark Jar Tin Zoo

Writer’s Wisdom ~ Writing Rules

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

Writer’s Wisdom ~ Jennifer Egan on What Writing Feels Like

When I’m writing, especially if it’s going well, I’m living in two different dimensions: this life I’m living now, which I enjoy very much, and this completely other world I’m inhabiting that no one else knows about. ~ Jennifer Egan

Writer’s Wisdom – What Else Is There? Write

“He asked, “What makes a man a writer?” “Well,” I said, “it’s simple. You either get it down on paper, or jump off a bridge.” 
― Charles Bukowski