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A letter from Michael Crichton, born 23 October 1942, died 4 November 2008

A letter from Michael Crichton, born 23 October 1942, died 4 November 2008

— 9 months ago with 339 notes
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"Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do."
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC – 43 BC
— 1 year ago with 556 notes
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"When a man sends you an impudent letter, sit right down and give it back to him with interest ten times compounded, and then throw both letters in the waste basket."
Elbert Hubbard
— 1 year ago with 22 notes
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"I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire."
Gordon Lish
— 1 year ago with 65 notes
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Literary Birthday - 11 October 
Happy Birthday, Anne Enright, born 11 October 1962
Anne Enright’s Top 10 Writing Tips
The first 12 years are the worst.
The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.
Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.
Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity.
Try to be accurate about stuff.
Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.
You can also do all that with whiskey.
Have fun.
Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free.
Anne Enright is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 11 October 

Happy Birthday, Anne Enright, born 11 October 1962

Anne Enright’s Top 10 Writing Tips

  1. The first 12 years are the worst.
  2. The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.
  3. Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
  4. Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.
  5. Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity.
  6. Try to be accurate about stuff.
  7. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.
  8. You can also do all that with whiskey.
  9. Have fun.
  10. Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free.

Anne Enright is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 74 notes
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"One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating."
Niyi Osundare
— 1 year ago with 92 notes
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"If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought."
Dennis Roth
— 1 year ago with 40 notes
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"If your friends don’t believe in you, if they ridicule your writing ambitions, fire them and get new friends."
Ray Bradbury
— 1 year ago with 280 notes
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"You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine."
Margaret Atwood
— 1 year ago with 46 notes
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"Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell."
William Strunk, Jr. And E.B. White
— 1 year ago with 40 notes
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