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Writer Quotes – Great Writing Tips

Some great writing tips from some great writers:

*  Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.  ~ C. S. Lewis

*  Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors. ~  Rhys Alexander

*  In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies. ~  L. Sprague de Camp

*  Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. ~  E.L. Doctorow

*  If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.  ~  Natalie Goldberg

*  One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones.  ~  Stephen King

*  If you haven’t got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you’ll only have to throw away the first three pages.  ~  William Campbell Gault

*  It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.  ~ L. P. Hartley

*  To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.  ~  Herman Melville

*  There are no rules in writing. There are useful principles. Throw them away when they’re not useful. But always know what you’re throwing away.  ~  Will Shetterly

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