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On Writing

April 24, 2012

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I came across this great list of advice by successful writers on one of the many social media sites I use. I can’t remember which one exactly. But, I think it’s great enough to pass on.

Click here for a list of 105 quotes on writing and life. 

There are a few that are near and dear to my heart.

Mark Twain: Substitute “damn” every time you want to use the word “very.” Twain’s thought was that your editor would delete the “damn,” and leave the writing as it should be. The short version: eliminate using the word “very.”

I remember using the word “very” a lot in journalism school and my professors always crossed it out.

EB White: Just write. The author of Charlotte’s Web, one of the most beloved of children’s books, said that “I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.”

This is absolutely true. It takes guts to receive criticism and build upon it.

Ray Bradbury: Learn to take criticism well and discount empty praise, or as Bradbury put it, “to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”

Read above.

Scott Fitzgerald: “Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.”

I was looking back at some of my old clips from The Metropolis at Miami-Dade College. To be fair, it was the first time I ever wrote for a newspaper. But, it was full of exclamation marks. I was horrified. Whatever. Learning is a process.

Richard Bach: Never stop trying. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

This is true. I’m including this one because I’m sure many writers and artists out there are discouraged by a lack of a real job. But, failure and perseverance will get us there eventually.  

Anyway, I encourage you to click on that link. It’s a long list, but every single one of them is worth reading.

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  1. April 24, 2012 11:57 am

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

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