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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

It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

~ Ernest Hemingway

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

~ Oscar Wilde

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

~ Michael Crichton

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

~ T. S. Eliot

Easy reading is damn hard writing.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.

~ Justice Brandeis

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

~ Truman Capote

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

~ Scott Adams

Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it...

~ Michael Crichton

The wastepaper basket is the writer's best friend.

~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

~ Thomas Jefferson

My life needs editing.

~ Mort Sahl

Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.

~ Unknown

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