Quote Wednesday(Words of advice to get you past the hump.)

A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down…If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book, nothing can help him.-Edna St. Vincent Millay

You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.-Larry Niven

Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.-V. S. Pritchett

Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – and delete it before sending your manuscript to the press.-Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where the language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute.-Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

I know that if I have been working on one paragraph and I have written it three times, it goes in the bin. Unless it comes straight out, it is wrong, it is awkward, it does not fit.-Robert Rankin

If you try to please audiences, uncritically accepting their tastes, it can only mean that you have no respect for them: that you simply want to collect their money.-Andrei Tarkovsky

In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.-Anne Lamott

And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothings a local habitation and a name.-William Shakespeare

Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.- Paul Valery

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