Surprise Sunday

No guests, so a bunch of words of wisdom – or writers on writing. It’s usually 5, but since these are mostly one sentence, I’m posting 9. Enjoy!

If you strive to do the best you can, write a lot of books, and make sure your books are in as many bookstores as possible—ebookstores, audio bookstores, foreign bookstores, as well as US bookstores, in English as well as dozens if not hundreds of languages (over time)—then you will succeed in this international business. You’re looking at the big picture.

– Kris Rusch


If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.

– Edgar Rice Burroughs


There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no-one knows what they are.

– W.Somerset Maugham


If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot… reading is the creative center of a writer’s life… you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.

– Stephen King


If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.

– Isaac Asimov


Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.

– John Ruskin


Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity

– G.K.Chesterton


The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt

– Sylvia Plath


My books aren’t trying to fathom the mysteries of human existence. I’m an entertainer

– Bernard Cornwall


The more a man writes, the more he can write

– William Hazlitt

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