“The job of a writer is not to convey emotion but to invoke it.” ― Eric T. Benoit

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“Above all things — read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.” ― Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

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“I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this. [Cormac McCarthy’s Venomous Fiction, New York Times, April 19, 1992]” ― Cormac McCarthy

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“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” —Henry David Thoreau

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“I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.” —William Zinsser

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“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.” —Angela Carter

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“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” —Robert A. Heinlein

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“I don’t believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.” —Ray Bradbury, WD

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“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” —Ray Bradbury, WD

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“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” —Ray Bradbury, WD

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