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Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.
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With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.
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The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
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It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
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Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly every day.
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The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
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A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
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It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.
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Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.
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The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
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And all writing is creating or spinning dreams for other people so they won't have to bother doing it themselves.
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A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
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The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.
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For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
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