Some Thoughts On Writing From Various Authors

“Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”

William S. Burroughs

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”

George Orwell

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

Ernest Hemingway

“I’m out there to clean the plate. Once they’ve read what I’ve written on a subject, I want them to think, ‘That’s it!’ I think the highest aspiration people in our trade can have is that once they’ve written a story, nobody will ever try it again.”

Richard Ben Cramer

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”

Tom Clancy

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