Writing Wisdom ~ Somerset Maugham

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham


Writer’s Wisdom ~ Alice Hoffman

An insightful, experienced oncologist told me that cancer need not be a person’s whole book, only a chapter. Still, novelists know that some chapters inform all others. These are the chapters of your life that wallop you and teach you and bring you to tears, that invite you to step to the other side of the curtain, the one that divides those of us who must face our destiny sooner rather than later. ~ Alice Hoffman

Source: NY Times

Mark Twain’s Writing Advice #9 of 10

Use plain, simple language, short words, and brief sentences… don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. ~ Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s Writing Advice #8 of 10

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s Writing Advice #7 of 10

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