“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
–W. Somerset Maugham
“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
“Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty.”
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is…the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
“People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars.”
“A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been.”
“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.:
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
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