Thursday, June 7, 2012

Writing tips from Ray Bradbury and a couple other famous people you might recognize

Writing Tips

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard
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
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
Vigorous writing is concise. ~William Strunk Jr.
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay. ~Mark Twain
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. ~Ray Bradbury
Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. ~Ray Bradbury

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. ~John Irving
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
Learn as much by writing as by reading. ~Lord Acton
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G.K. Chesterton
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. ~Oscar Wilde
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto. ~Ray Bradbury

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